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The second session of negotiations for an international Treaty on Plastic Pollution took place in Paris in May.

Some member states, notably those of the High Ambition Coalition, were mobilised and contributed essential points to this treaty, especially the global production of plastics and the banning of the most toxic formulas. Other countries were more reticent and blocked the negotiations.

Work has only just begun: it is still necessary to convince a large number of countries so that the next sessions run more constructively, that the discussions focus on essential subjects and that they result in a legally binding text worthy of the stakes in play.

Three sessions remain for the member States to agree on a final text for the treaty from now to the end of 2024. The Foundation’s teams will continue their work to call political leaders to sign a binding and ambitious treaty.

The next step: the third session of negotiations at Nairobi, from 13 to 18 November 2023!

Click on the link below to see the interview of Erik Orsenna and Sabine Roux de Bézieux, of the Sea Foundation.

Sabine Roux de Bézieux and Erik Orsenna: Treaty on plastic, are the negotiations already blocked? – YouTube


The Tara Océan Foundation, which is pushing the Plastic-Free Rivers Charter with IFGR and CNR, has published a note to enlighten readers on the issues and recommendations:

More broadly, below is a link to a recent article in which Tara explains the role of the UN, the status of observer and the challenges to come:

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