As the world moves towards an international, legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, IUCN and GRID-Arendal partner in a new project called AFRIPAC aimed to empower five African nations´ negotiating skills for a strong Global Treaty on plastic pollution.
AFRIPAC will increase knowledge and collaboration in Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Strengthening the negotiation skills of national representatives is key to ensuring that the international, regional, and national legal and policy frameworks relevant to the prevention and management of plastic pollution, including marine litter, are implemented well. Their understanding of the negotiation processes, national obligations, and needed guidance for national action planning will be linked to the proposed global instrument’s focus on improving the circular economy and waste management. The project will remove barriers to facilitate effective action.
Developing countries face unique challenges and often lack specialised skills to negotiate these types of treaties. To be effective participants in the UN global plastics treaty negotiations, Small Island Developing States and Least Developed countries will need to have access to the most coherent and relevant knowledge and data to support their positions.
This project aims to support the five countries to:
- Ensure global commitments to end plastic pollution are strengthened,
- Improve National action plans and policies, and
- Align global policy to the national and regional instruments to prevent marine litter