SIDS and the UN Plastic Treaty

The UN is negotiating a Global Treaty on plastic pollution. The Treaty could have profound consequences for countries around the world.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) heavily depend on healthy oceans for their wellbeing. They contribute little to global plastics production, but so often bear the brunt of the worst forms of pollution.

Together SIDS can have a powerful influence on the Treaty - representing 20 percent of the UN’s voting membership.

This webpage gathers parties convening around a High-Level Declaration to design the Global Plastics Treaty SIDS and the world need.

Express your interest HERE.

SIDS are restricted in how they can manage waste. They too have limited influence on the design of imported products and the development of alternatives to plastic.

That’s why SIDS cannot afford for the world’s leaders to deliver a Treaty that fails to meet their needs.

A High-Level Declaration (HLD) published by SIDS could make a game-changing difference.

The HLD could accelerate the path to a Treaty that: reduces the production of plastics; phases out single use plastic waste; and enables a transition to non-toxic circular systems that are financed by producers.

Peter Thomson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Hon. Kerryne Z. James

Minister for Climate Resilience, the Environment and Renewable Energy, Government of Grenada

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