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CIEL Newsletter: Progress on Plastics Update

PLASTICS AT BASEL​ CONVENTION

Most countries have taken an interest in acting to mitigate plastic pollution, recognising it as a serious and rapidly growing issue of global concern that needs an urgent global response. Building on the work done at the United Nations Environment Assembly to foster agreement on strengthening international governance structures for combating marine plastic litter and microplastics, proposals have been made to amend the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal to address plastics more effectively.

Several member representatives of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement issued positionsand letters of support for the proposed changes in advance of the 11th meeting of the Basel Convention Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG). The BFFP member and partner engagement at the OEWG meeting is in concert with the ongoing work to support development of an international legally binding agreement on plastics and plastic pollutionwhich should include measures to address the entire life cycle of plastics, including: binding global reduction targets; caps on production and consumption of plastics; and requirements for loss prevention, collection, and recycling of all plastics.

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