The mandate, titled “End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument,” sets the stage for governments to negotiate a comprehensive and legally binding treaty that will cover measures along the entire life cycle of plastic. In addition, the mandate will serve to guide the development of the treaty itself, which an International Negotiating Committee (INC) will be tasked with drafting by the end of 2024.
As countries enter the negotiation phase towards a global plastics treaty, the pressure from civil society will be instrumental to ensure that:
• The ambition of the mandate is preserved and made tangible
• The process includes meaningful and diverse public participation
• The resulting treaty creates more equitable systems to both prevent and stop plastic pollution.
The first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee meeting is happening in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 28 November to 2 December. Dozens of BFFP members are expected to attend the meeting. Follow #PlasticsTreaty for updates.