186 countries in the world agree deal to cut plastic pollution, not including the USA

186 countries in the world agree deal to cut plastic pollution, not including the USA

May 13, 2019
Marcia González

Nearly all countries agreed last Friday to a legally binding framework to curb plastic waste, which has become a major threat to the marine environment

Governments last week amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste in a legally binding framework which will make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. At the same time, a new Partnership on Plastic Waste was established to mobilize business, government, academic and civil society resources, interests and expertise to assist in implementing the new measures, to provide a set of practical supports – including tools, best practices, technical and financial assistance – for this groundbreaking agreement.

Working for two weeks in Geneva under the theme of ‘Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste’, approximately 1,400 delegates from around 180 countries converged for the meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (Triple COPs). Participants benefited from the numerous opportunities and events to exchange information on alternatives to these chemicals, as well as best practices.

“I’m proud that this week in Geneva, parties to the Basel Convention have reached agreement on a legally-binding, globally-reaching mechanism for managing plastic waste,” said Rolph Payet, executive secretary (UNEP) of the three conventions, when speaking at the closing session of the Triple COPs. “Plastic waste is acknowledged as one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and the fact that this week close to one million people around the world signed a petition urging Basel Convention Parties to take action here in Geneva at the COPs is a sign that public awareness and desire for action is high.”

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