Eliminating The Root Cause Of Plastic Pollution
So, why is this resolution so significant? Well, it’s the first time that UNEA has adopted a negotiation mandate for a legally binding multilateral environmental agreement, which will be mandatory for all Parties to participate in.
The resolution also calls upon all UN member states, and the private sector, to reinforce their activities to reduce plastic waste and pollution! It’s expected that all Parties will be required to self-report their progress to ensure transparency.
According to Ellen MacArthur, founder and chair of trustees of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “This is a key moment in the effort to eliminate plastic waste and pollution on a global scale. The mandate agreed by UN member states opens the door to a legally binding treaty that deals with the root causes of plastic pollution, not just the symptoms,” she said.