UN Plastic Treaty Update – US Favors Individual Country Efforts in place of Universal Rules

A September 27, 2022 Reuters story https://www.reuters.com/world/exclusive-us-seeks-allies-split-emerges-over-global-plastics-pollution-treaty-2022-09-27/ reports that “… The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global plastic pollution treaty … The move underlines its desire to keep the treaty’s focus on the efforts of individual countries … rather than provide new universal rules … United Nations members agreed in February to create the world’s first treaty to tackle the scourge of plastic waste … with the aim of finalising it by the end of 2024 … Now, the United States is seeking to form its own group with a different approach … A concept note for its coalition seen by Reuters says ‘the development of national action plans’ should be ‘the primary mechanism’ for countries to contribute to the treaty … The U.S.-led coalition aims to launch at or before the first round of treaty negotiations scheduled to take place in Uruguay from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 https://www.unep.org/events/conference/inter-governmental-negotiating-committee-meeting-inc-1 … Environmentalists say measures taken by individual countries must be complemented by more top-down measures like coordinated curbs on virgin plastic production and universal design standards to increase the recyclability of plastics …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics @UNEP