April 01, 2022
The United Nations (UN) has agreed to create a legally binding global treaty to address plastic pollution. In a meeting that was held in Nairobi, Kenya, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) voted unanimously for a resolution to end plastic pollution. This is considered the most significant climate deal since the 2015 Paris Agreement. This treaty would cover the full lifecycle of plastics from design and production to disposal. It is due to be finalised by 2024.
According to the president of the UNEA, the resolution is a cure to plastic pollution. Though most officials were in favour of the agreement, debates are in progress on what should be included in the final pact. The restrictions put on the production and usage of plastic would affect various industries, which would in turn affect the economies of major plastic-producing countries.
Did You Know?
Nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute.
REFLECTION: Treaty Time
The United Nations has decided to create the first ever treaty to fight plastic pollution. List 5 rules you would want to include in that treaty.