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Global Treaty To Tackle Plastic Pollution Gains Steam Without US and UK

“More than two-thirds of UN member states have declared they are open to a new agreement to stem the rising tide of plastic waste”

“Support is growing internationally for a new global treaty to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, it has emerged, though so far without the two biggest per capita waste producers – the US and the UK – which have yet to signal their participation.

A UN working group on marine litter and microplastics met at a virtual conference last week to discuss the issue. More than two-thirds of UN member states, including African, Baltic, Caribbean, Nordic and Pacific states, as well as the EU, have declared they are open to considering the option of a new agreement.

The treaty would be akin to the Paris climate agreement or the Montreal protocol to prevent ozone depletion. Neither the UK nor the US have declared their desire for a new agreement.”

Karen McVeigh reports for the Guardian November 16, 2020.