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Story | 02 Jun, 2023
Small Island Developing States call for ambitious Global Plastics Treaty – INC-2 Paris
To address the threat that plastic poses to our ocean, climate, economies, and health, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have called for an ambitious UN Treaty, which acts across the whole plastics lifecycle, during their meeting at the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating…
DG Statement | 01 Jun, 2023
IUCN Director General’s Statement for World Environment Day 2023
Over 400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year. Plastic pollution is a complex issue, and affects all land, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. It threatens human and ecosystem health, negatively impacts important economic activities, and contributes to climate change. By 2015…
Protecting Our Coasts: The Promise of Nature-Based Resilience
Coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses, reefs and wetlands, provide natural protection against storm surges and other coastal climate impacts. But these ecosystems are vulnerable to damage, and themselves need to be preserved. Ocean acidification, rising sea levels, changes in water…
Policy brief | 2023
INC-2 Plastic Pollution Treaty
As part of the triple planetary crisis, pollution is one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and plastic pollution is detrimental to our terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity and ecosystems, upon which livelihoods and economies depend.
Grey literature | 2023
IUCN Briefing for Negotiators: Legal Process of Treaty Negotiations for the Global Plastics Treaty INC-2 Session
There are many steps in the process of advancing from opening negotiations to concluding a final treaty and, for this reason, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law has issued the following brief outline for the legal process of treaty negotiations.
Factsheet | 2023
AFRIPAC Plastics Pollution: Effective Capacity Building for Global Plastics Treaty in Africa
This is a one-page overview of the AFRIPAC project: Effective Capacity Building for Global Plastics Treaty in Africa. This project is in partnership with GRID-Arendal and is generously supported by NORAD.
Position paper: Advocating Extended Producer Responsibility for fishing gear
Recent years have seen a significant increase in concern about the global problem of used fishing gear and ropes in the world’s ocean and other aquatic environments (this paper also extends to gear used in aquaculture).