Nairobi Plastics treaty talks were ‘disappointing,’ so what’s next?

Posted on December 15, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

With a broad consensus that the most recent round of plastics treaty talks accomplished less than hoped, some are saying the disappointment could become a turning point to force changes.

Source: Plastics treaty talks were ‘disappointing,’ so what’s next? | Plastics News

The problem, they say, is that a relatively small number of countries with large oil and plastics production stalled progress by blocking important technical work that happens between formal negotiating sessions and by weakening the draft treaty language.

At the talks in Kenya, oil-producing nations including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and others announced a coalition to advocate for the benefits of plastics and focus the agreement more around downstream measures like waste management.

But observers said those countries were at odds with a majority of nations who supported a broader treaty that would look beyond waste management to consider topics like chemical toxicity and lists of products to phase out.