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Letter to Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) from Independent Scientists

Distinguished Chair and Members of the INC,

We represent a group of independent scientists mobilized by the International Science Council, the Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty, delegates from the Global Council for Science and the Environment, lead authors of the report of the Minderoo Monaco Commission on Plastic and Human Health, Endocrine Society, Food Packaging Forum, Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory at University of California Santa Barbara, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. The International Science Council represents over 245 national scientific academies, regional scientific organizations, international scientific disciplinary unions and associations, and the Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty has more than 300 individual members from 50 countries. We are raising our voices together at the start of INC-3 to call attention to the lack of a clear and formal platform for independent scientists to contribute their knowledge and expertise to members and the INC process.

You can read the full letter submitted at INC-3 on November 11, 2023, below.

Letter to INC from Independent Scientists 11.11.23

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