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Complicated start of negotiations for the treaty against plastic pollution


Highlights: The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution is meeting in Paris. The aim is to find a way to limit the use of plastic in the future. Some countries, including Brazil, Russia and China, are opposed to the idea. The coalition is expected to reach an agreement by the end of the week. The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic used in the world by 50% by 2040. The current level of plastic use is around 30% of the world's population.

DECRYPTION - Even if they started badly in Paris, the United Nations negotiations could lead to a joint declaration of countries against the excessive use of polymers, harmful to human health, the environment and biodiversity.

The 57 countries of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution, including the France, placed a lot of hope in the negotiations started Monday in Paris, at the headquarters of UNESCO, and which must end this Friday to develop a first international treaty on the subject. But on Tuesday night, there was consternation among the most willing countries that want to limit the consumption and production of plastic from 2040 and introduce, internationally, the "polluter pays" rule.

We are going "towards a fiasco", lamented an Australian lawyer Wednesday morning. Until Tuesday evening, around midnight, the oil-producing countries, in particular Saudi Arabia, and some BRICS heavyweights (Brazil, Russia, India and China) blocked discussions on procedural issues, opposing that decisions could be taken by majority in the event of a lack of unanimity among the participating countries, as requested...

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Source: lefigaro

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