The governments of Rwanda and Norway have jointly launched a coalition with high ambitions to end plastic pollution (https://bit.ly/3PLioJZ). The coalition was formed for the first time following the historic UNEA Resolution 5.2, adopted in March 2022, to begin negotiations on an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution. Canada, Peru, Germany, Senegal, Georgia, Republic of Korea, Great Britain, Switzerland, Portugal, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Costa Rica, Iceland, Ecuador and France are among the first countries to join this coalition.

In response to the developments, Greenpeace’s Africa Climate and Energy Director, Nhlanhla Sibisi, said: “It’s encouraging to see countries coming together and taking the necessary steps for a plastic-free future. This move shows that our governments are gradually becoming aware of the threat that plastics pose to life on this planet, to our ecosystems and to our climate. We hope that this recognition will encourage them to take a tougher stand against the production of plastic, which is predicted to increase significantly over the next decade. Plastic pollution is a global crisis and governments must work together in a more coordinated approach to address it.

“We need to work towards an ambitious, legally binding global agreement on plastics that limits and reduces production and use, and ultimately ends single-use plastics. A strong treaty will keep oil and gas in the ground, hold big polluters accountable and force them to switch to replenishment and reuse systems, and ensure a fair and equitable transition for affected workers.

“Governments in Africa and around the world must recognize that this is an opportunity to stem the tide of the global crisis. Members of the ambitious coalition must work to ensure that the Plastics Treaty delivers on its promises and becomes the tool to finally turn off the plastic tap for the sake of our communities, our climate and our planet.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Greenpeace Africa.

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