What you need to know about the plastic treaty negotiations in Paris this week

As negotiations are underway in Paris for a legally binding agreement to #BeatPlasticPollution, find out about the #PlasticsTreaty process.
This week sees the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), INC-2, take place in Paris, where countries will discuss an options paper that will be used as the basis for discussions at the meeting.


It is the next step in a process that began in February 2022, at the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2), when a historic resolution was adopted to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.
The aim is to complete negotiations by the end of 2024 and create a global, legally binding plastics treaty. Countries tasked the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with convening and managing the INC process.
The options paper is the result of compiling the discussions at INC-1 and written submissions from Member States in advance of INC-2. It features possible obligations with options for both legally binding and voluntary measures that address the full life cycle of plastics.