Plastic Pollution

NGOs and businesses call for UN treaty on plastic pollution –

In a joint report, The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, WWF, the Foundation and Boston Consulting Group, set out the opportunity for a new global UN treaty on plastic pollution.

To accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastic, there is an urgent need to amplify current efforts through coordinated and ambitious approaches. such as the Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and Plastics Pact network.

A common structure would set a clear direction and conditions, giving governments and businesses the impetus to move forward more decisively. A global agreement setting out global goals and binding targets, together with national action plans and consistent measurement, is needed to:

  • harmonise policy efforts
  • enhance investment planning
  • stimulate innovation
  • coordinate infrastructure development

While voluntary initiatives can deliver change among market leaders, an international binding approach is needed to deliver the necessary industry scale change.

Based on the report, major businesses issued a call today for a UN treaty on plastic pollution to address the fragmented landscape of regulation and complement existing voluntary measures.

Alongside almost 2 million people also calling for a treaty, more than two-thirds of the UN member states from across the world, have officially declared that they are open to considering the option of a new global agreement, including African, Baltic, Caribbean, Source…