Plastic Fantastic: Negotiators Agree to Developing a Zero Draft Plastics Treaty by November

In a meeting during May and June in Paris, the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) agreed to create, and submit by November, a “zero draft,” being a first version of an enforceable accord on the global plastics pollution crisis, with that landmark document to be ready for review and discussion at the next meeting in Nairobi in November.  A major feat of the negotiations was an agreement that treaty matters would be approved by a two-thirds vote among nations, defeating a plan by some oil producing states wanting to introduce a veto rule.

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