New Release: Zero Draft of the international legally binding instrument on Plastic Pollution

Sep 5, 2023 | ISWA blog, ISWA news, Marine litter, Working Groups

The zero-draft text of the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment has been released by the INC Chair Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra. The draft will be negotiated in the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee scheduled in Nairobi, Kenya from November 13-19. 

This represents a major development in the process of developing the treaty as the document compiles the input of delegations and institutions as stakeholders and will be the base for the further negotiations. 

ISWA has been working on providing inputs to the treaty in a coordinated manner through the ISWA Plastic Treaty task force. Specifically, the task force has produced a document on the key elements for a legally binding treaty released during the previous INC meeting in Paris. ISWA also hosted an important side event together with the French Solid Waste Partnership, ASTEE and the French Water Partnership. 

More recently, the task force has provided input on the principles and scope of the treaty as part of the intersessional work that also has contributed to the development of the zero draft. The ISWA task force has launched a consultation with the expert group of ISWA consisting of around 40 experts in the network and consolidated the input with the supervision of the advisory board of the task force. 

The waste and resources management industry plays a key role in delivering the objectives of the treaty and it is imperative we have an organised voice and input towards the process. ISWA is working actively to ensure that the perspectives, experiences, and technical expertise of our more than 50 years old association are considered. 

If you wish to engage more with the task force as organisation or individuals we invite you to collaborate with us by

  • sponsoring the task force to fund our activities, publications, and/or events
  • supporting us to increase our outreach, engaging with National delegations echoing ISWA positions and policies
  • actively joining the expert group
  • partnering with us to improve external communications.  

If you want to know more about these developments, please join us in our next webinar scheduled for the 28th of September. There we will report more information about our past activities and next plans towards INC-3. You can also contact the project group: 

Alan Encinas Task Force Project Manager 

Nancy Strand Task Force Chair 

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Preparations and developments towards an international legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution

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