A global treaty on plastic pollution – Perspectives from Africa

The African Union Commission and WWF hosted a regional policy workshop to arrive on Africa’s position on key elements for a Global Treaty to address plastic Pollution. The workshop brought together more than 70 participants drawn from government representatives of 22 African Union Member States and representatives of 15 organisations representing civil society and the private sector. Similar consultations happened in other regions across the world.

This is the workshop report was commissioned by WWF and designed by Farm Design. It represents Africa’s position presented at the 2022 UN Environmental Programme for a binding global treaty on plastics pollution.

From the UN Environmental Programme:

Nairobi, 02 March 2022 – Heads of State, Ministers of environment and other representatives from 175 nations endorsed a historic resolution at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) today in Nairobi to End Plastic Pollution and forge an international legally binding agreement by 2024. The resolution addresses the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, design and disposal.

“Against the backdrop of geopolitical turmoil, the UN Environment Assembly shows multilateral cooperation at its best,” said the President of UNEA-5 and Norway’s Minister for Climate and the Environment, Espen Barth Eide. “Plastic pollution has grown into an epidemic. With today’s resolution we are officially on track for a cure.” 

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