From Paper to Practice: Translating environmental principles into operational measures in the global plastics treaty

In March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted resolution 5/14 to kickstart negotiations towards a new legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.

This briefing looks at the potential application of three outlined principles. It provides recommendations for how they could be taken beyond simply references in preambular paragraphs and effectively guide both the process of developing a treaty and the enduring implementation and compliance of an instrument truly capable of ending plastic pollution.