Negotiating for Change

All governments, businesses, and individuals must play a critical role in solving the problem. The treaty negotiations are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end plastic pollution, and negotiators must build a coalition that recognizes the urgency of the situation and combines it with pragmatism and a ‘big tent’ approach that incorporates all parties.

When negotiators arrive in Nairobi this November for INC-3, leaning into evidence-based decisions will help get us the outcome our planet needs. WWF advocates for establishing specific and common regulations targeting high-risk plastic products and uses along the full lifecycle of plastics.

The success of the treaty—and its potential to end plastic pollution—will depend on whether the treaty establishes:

  • Global bans, phaseouts and phasedowns of problematic and avoidable plastic products and uses, and of plastic polymers and chemicals of concern.
  • Global requirements for product design and systems, securing a safe and non-toxic circular economy, prioritizing reuse, and improving recycling, and securing the environmentally sound management of plastic waste.
  • Strong implementation support measures, including sufficient financial support and alignment of public and private financial flows.

The zero draft reflects the global majority's shared commitment to a strong treaty with strong global rules to eliminate the most problematic, high-risk, and harmful plastic substances and products and transition to a safe circular economy.

At the same time, it points to the greatest challenge ahead: ensuring that the final treaty text in 2024 includes all of the necessary binding obligations across the entire life cycle of plastics to make this treaty effective for its purpose and that it is a springboard for additional measures that will get us to solving the plastic waste crisis.

Specific, common, binding global rules are a necessity for ending plastic pollution. We must take learnings of what works and what doesn’t, from previous global agreements.

Negotiators are urged to focus their energy on jointly designing the best possible global rules that will benefit all. Now is the time to aim high.