Ottawa, Canada, 30 April 2023- Greenpeace Africa expresses its deep disappointment at the outcome of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) for a Global Plastics Treaty. There is the growing prospect that we may not have a robust plastics treaty as the Ottawa negotiation caved in to the interests of the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry. 

Responding to this developments, Hellen Kahaso Dena, Project Lead for Pan-African Plastics Project at Greenpeace Africa said:

“The lack of consensus on the inclusion of plastic production cuts in intersessional work despite strong support by various member states, civil society groups, scientists and indigenous people is a clear sign that countries are ready to watch a disaster unfolding before their very eyes. The stakes could not be higher-without a reduction in production, communities in Africa will continue to be devastated by grave impacts of plastic pollution on their health, livelihoods and the environment. A waste management treaty will not deal with the run away plastic crisis”

Graham Forbes, Greenpeace Head of Delegation to the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations and Global Plastics Campaign Lead at Greenpeace USA, said:

“The world is burning and member states are wasting time and opportunity. We saw some progress, aided by the continued efforts of states such as Rwanda, Peru, and the signatories of the Bridge to Busan declaration in pushing to reduce plastic production [1]. However, compromises were made on the outcome which disregarded plastic production cuts, further distancing us from reaching a treaty that science requires and justice demands. People are being harmed by plastic production every day, but states are listening more closely to petrochemical lobbyists than health scientists. Any child can see that we cannot solve the plastic crisis unless we stop making so much plastic. The entire world is watching, and if countries, particularly in the so-called ‘High Ambition Coalition’, don’t act between now and INC5 in Busan, the treaty they are likely to get is one that could have been written by ExxonMobil and their acolytes.

“We are heading towards disaster and with time running out – we need a Global Plastics Treaty that cuts plastic production and ends single-use plastic. There is no time to waste on approaches that will not solve the problem.”

Note to Editors: 

[1] Bridge to Busan: Declaration on Primary Plastic Polymers

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