INC-4 in Ottawa, Canada

Pollution Probe was thrilled to participate as an official Observer organization at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (INC-4). The session represented an important milestone in advancing progress towards the global treaty. As host, Canada played a key role in the negotiations and spotlighted domestic action to address plastic pollution through a number of side events held on the outskirts of INC-4, including at the Plastic Action Zone.

Held in Ottawa from April 23rd – 29th, more than 2,500 delegates participated in INC-4, representing 170 Members and over 480 Observer organizations, including non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, Indigenous delegates and UN entities. Our team actively engaged in official events and discussions around effective measures, innovations and solutions to address plastic pollution in Canada and on a global scale. 

Discussions highlighted the need for a strong, just and effective global treaty that can enable effective implementation, accelerate national actions and support participation from all parts of society. Many attendees pointed to the need to promote circularity for plastics, including through clear and measurable targets, reporting on progress, financing mechanisms to support capacity building, and addressing existing and future plastic pollution in the environment. The importance of art as a powerful complement to other efforts aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution was also on full display. Check out our posts on social media for insights and highlights from our experience at INC-4.

The fifth and final session will be held in Busan, South Korea, in November 2024, at which time the historic treaty is expected to be finalized. The current revised draft text can be found below. Let’s work together to #BeatPlasticPollution and pave the way for a cleaner, healthier planet.

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