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In March 2022, UN Member States agreed to negotiate a legally binding global treaty to end plastic pollution. This was a historic decision, and a major leap towards a plastic free ocean for all. Now, this framework will be negotiated throughout a series of meetings over the course of the next two years and is expected to be in place by the end of 2024.

WWF urges world leaders to act strongly and decisively in developing the full content of the treaty by the end of 2024.

Dear UN Member States/Global Leaders,

Every global issue is unique and requires a tailor-made response. But that does not mean that the wheel must be continuously reinvented.

For a successful and effective global treaty, we recommend negotiators adopt an evidence-based approach, with a view to better understanding how past success might be replicated and past mistakes avoided. At minimum, the treaty in its final draft should follow these recommendations.

  1. Create common global legally binding rules to regulate the production, consumption, and management of plastic.
  2. Establish global bans on the most harmful plastic products.
  3. Develop global design requirements to ensure all plastic can be easily and safely reused and/or recycled.
  4. Provide sufficient technical and financial support to all countries, specifically low- and middle-income countries, to effectively implement all measures in the treaty.
  5. Meaningfully engage communities who are being most impacted, including informal workers and indigenous peoples.

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