United Nations' International Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution


Today is the eve of the fourth session of the United Nations’ International Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. The session will take place in Ottawa, hosted by Canada.
This morning, I spoke to reporters from the Press Gallery about my motion to take action against plastic waste exports. Motion M-120 seeks to close loopholes that allow Canada to export plastic waste through the United States to developing countries which are ill-equipped to deal with them sustainably. I was joined by Jim Puckett (executive director and founder of Basel Action Network), Pui Yi Wong (Basel Action Network in Malaysia), Lilly Woodbury (regional manager at Surfrider Foundation Canada), and Chloé Dubois (executive director and co-Founder of The Ocean Legacy Foundation).
This news conference also coincides with Earth Day, with this year's theme of "Planet vs. Plastics" aiming to raise awareness of the damage caused by plastic pollution.
In 2018, my motion (M-151) for a national strategy to combat ocean plastics passed unanimously in the House of Commons with all-party support. It led to the banning of single use plastics by the Government and yet there is much more to do.
To watch the entire press conference on CPAC, go here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=50cJwHuZThI

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