Global Plastics Treaty: Initial Considerations for INC-4

In the (potential) final year of negotiations for a new international legally binding instrument (ILBI) to end plastic pollution, negotiators will meet for its fourth session in Ottawa, Canada from 23-29 April.

Following a third session (INC-3) which concluded with neither a mandate for intersessional work nor a request for the Chair to prepare a first draft of the text, negotiators now face a meeting where progress towards text-based negotiations is essential in order to meet the timeline set out in UNEA resolution 5/14.

With a revised zero draft (RZD) at 70 pages and several key policy issues undecided, this briefing sets out our initial considerations for INC-4 and makes recommendations for the design of a treaty fit for purpose, focusing on Parts I, II and III.

Previous briefings in this series can be found here for INC-2 and here for INC-3).