In March 2022, UN member states agreed to start work on a plastic pollution treaty when they adopted resolution ‘End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument’. This decision marks a major milestone. UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Inger Andersen, said the treaty will be ‘the most significant environmental multilateral deal since the Paris accord. It is an insurance policy for this generation and future ones, so they may live with plastic and not be doomed by it.’ Treaty negotiations will take place from 2022-24.


These negotiations will be extremely challenging and complex. The Plastics Treaty Legal Advisory Service provides free legal support to developing countries and civil society organisations to ensure that all actors – particularly those most affected by plastic pollution – can fully participate in and influence the negotiating process. We work with a global network of lawyers from law firms and universities who provide legal research, advice and briefings on a pro bono basis.


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