A group of like-minded countries has taken the initiative to form a coalition of ambitious countries following the adoption of resolution 5/14 “End Plastic Pollution: Towards an International Legally Binding Instrument” by the UN Environment Assembly in March 2022. The High Ambition Coalition is Co-Chaired by Norway and Rwanda as announced during UNEA5.2.

The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution is committed to develop an ambitious international legally binding instrument based on a comprehensive and circular approach that ensures urgent action and effective interventions along the full lifecycle of plastics.

Our common ambition is to end plastic pollution by 2040. At the outset of the plastic treaty negotiations, we have outlined three strategic goals and seven key deliverables for success in this regard.

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High Ambition Coalition Joint Ministerial Statement INC-2
Before the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, we, 59 Ministers of ...
High Ambition Briefing Event in Paris and online 26 May
Event date and time: Friday 26 May 2023 from 12:00 to 14:15 CET Live on Youtube  The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution and WWF International, in partnership with the Business Coalition...
Webinar on 23 May: Plastics on the Peak: Eliminating releases of plastic waste to air, water and land in mountainous regions
Austria and Georgia, in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as the Co-Chairs of the High Ambition Coalition, will co-host a webinar titled Plastics on the Peak: Eliminating releases of plastic waste ...
Webinar on 15 May: Enhance a circular plastics economy, Eliminate release of plastic to nature and Clean up existing plastic pollution
Monaco, Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as the Co-Chairs of the Coalition, invite to a webinar titled Enhance a circular plastics economy, Eliminate re...
Webinar on 5 May: Eliminate and restrict plastic polymers, chemicals and products of concern
Guinea and Germany, in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as the Co-Chairs of the Coalition, invite to a HAC Webinar titled Eliminate and restrict plastic polymers, chemicals and products of concern...
Side Event on 2 May: Plastics Treaty and the BRS COPs
The Governments of Uruguay, Norway and Rwanda as members of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution invite to an BRS COP side-event titled Plastics Treaty and the BRS COPs to launch the R...
Webinar on 26 April: Eliminate and restrict problematic single use plastic products and packaging
Australia, in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as the Co-Chairs of the Coalition, invite you to a webinar titled Eliminate and restrict problematic single use plastic products and packaging with s...
Webinar on 18 April: Circularity of Plastics, human health and environment
Panama and Ecuador as members of the Coalition invite to a Webinar on Plastics Treaty options for elements titled Circularity of Plastics, human health and environment with participation from Scientis...

60 Members

Rwanda Norway Canada Peru
Germany Senegal Georgia Republic of Korea
United Kingdom Switzerland Portugal Chile
Denmark Finland Sweden Costa Rica
Iceland Ecuador France The Dominican Republic
Uruguay Ghana Monaco Slovenia
The United Arab Emirates Republic of Ireland The Netherlands Belgium
Luxembourg Cape Verde Burkina Faso Australia
Azerbaijan Colombia Austria Greenland
Jordan Panama Mali New Zealand
Bulgaria Montenegro Cook Islands Mexico
Guinea Antigua and Barbuda Armenia Maldives
Federated States of Micronesia Nigeria Romania Gabon
Japan Mauritius Spain Estonia
Palau Israel Togo Solomon Islands
Malawi Moldova European Union Seychelles
Benin Ukraine

Global Strategic Goals

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1. Restrain plastic consumption and production to sustainable levels

Plastic consumption and production have reached unsustainable levels. Plastic consumption has quadrupled over the past 30 years. Global plastic production has doubled from 2000 to 2019 reaching 460 million tonnes.

Much of this growth is driven by a massive increase in the production of single-use plastics for packaging and consumer goods, which accounts for half of plastic waste generation.

Current projections stipulate that plastic production will double in the next 20 years. The world will not be able to manage the volume of plastic waste and avoid leakage. The plastic treaty should include control measures that will minimize demand of plastics and increase the supply of recycled plastics for use in new plastic products.

2. Enable a circular economy for plastics that protects the environment and human health

Plastics is often designed so that it becomes waste, and too much plastics have adverse effects on the environment and pose a risk to human health through the life cycle.

Plastic products need to be more sustainable. This includes addressing the problems related to hazardous chemicals which are both intentionally added to give plastic material specific properties, as well as inherent in certain materials, and a vector for other substances. Such hazardous chemicals may hinder the reuse and recycling of plastic materials.

The plastics treaty must generally ensure criteria and standards for design of plastics to ensure durability, recyclability and safety, enabling a circular economy for plastics that protects the environment and human health. It must also ensure transparency and availability of information on such sustainability aspects through the value chain of plastics.

3. Achieve environmentally sound management and recycling of plastic waste

Roughly 9.2 billion tons of plastic waste have been generated, out of which less than 10% has been recycled, 14% has been incinerated and 76% has been disposed of in landfills or released into the environment since 1950. The development of necessary waste management capacity is outpaced by plastic waste consumption. Current projections stipulate that plastic waste leaking into the ocean will triple by 2040.

The plastic treaty must establish provisions for plastic waste minimization and environmentally sound collection, sorting and preparation for reuse and recycling of plastic waste to reenter recycled plastics into the economy and avoid leakage to the environment.

Key deliverables for success

  1. Eliminate problematic plastics, including by bans and restrictions.
  2. Develop global sustainability criteria and standards for plastics
  3. Set global baselines and targets for sustainability throughout the lifecycle of plastics.
  4. Ensure transparency in the value chain of plastics, including for material and chemical composition.
  5. Establish mechanisms for strengthening commitments, targets and controls over time.
  6. Implement monitoring and reporting at each stage through the lifecycle of plastics.
  7. Facilitate effective technical and financial assistance, scientific and socio-economic assessments.

The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution will issue statements and arrange events to raise awareness and identify priorities for the negotiation sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC). The coalition will also undertake intersessional work on essential elements and issues to inform the negotiations.

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