“I am proud that the parties to the Basel Convention agreed this week in Geneva on a legally binding and comprehensive mechanism for the disposal of plastic waste,” said Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Environment for the Basel, Rotterdam-Stockholm Conventions, in a statement. “I am proud that the parties to the Basel Convention reached an agreement this week in Geneva on a legally binding and comprehensive mechanism for the management of plastic waste,” said Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the three Environmental Conventions. Plastic waste is considered one of the most pressing environmental problems in the world, and the fact that nearly one million people around the world signed a petition this week calling on the parties to the Basel Convention to intervene in the framework of COPs here in Geneva is a sign that public awareness and will are great. The federal government wants to ensure that only sorted and easily recyclable plastic waste can be sold abroad. To reach out to those who are calling for a comprehensive agreement, please sign the trade manifesto. We need real solutions that try to contain the flow of cheap and unnecessary plastics and uncontrollable amounts of plastic waste. These include capping new production, banning single-use plastic items and imposing sustainable packaging practices and other margin and delivery systems for their products. German technology can play an important role in combating the global waste problem, the minister said, which could lead to job creation.
That is why the political momentum for a new global agreement is developing rapidly. Several recently issued high-level regional and ministerial declarations, including the Nordic Ministerial Declaration,  the Caribbean and Community and Community Declaration (CARICOM), the Johannes Declaration the Durban Declaration  and the European Union`s new Action Plan on the Circular Economy, which call for a legally binding comprehensive treaty. Tim Grabiel, a lawyer with the Environmental Investigation Agency, welcomed the UK`s support for a plastics contract and hoped that the United States and Canada would follow suit. He said: “The British government is well placed to lead global efforts and put its political weight behind a subject so close to British public opinion.” Last week, an online petition entitled “Stop the Plastic Paradise!” garnered nearly one million signatures.