The Scientists’ Coalition attends UN plastics treaty negotiations in Nairobi

The Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty is delighted to announce its presence at the third intergovernmental negotiations committee (INC-3) to develop a legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution that takes place in Nairobi from 13-19 November.

The Scientists’ Coalition has 37 members on the ground during INC-3 who cover a broad range of expertise. Our scientists look forward to engaging with delegates from member states and other stakeholders to discuss scientific evidence linked to plastics pollution and potential knowledge-based solutions needed to tackle this global challenge.

The Scientists’ Helpdesk for Negotiators

During the negotiations, the Scientists’ Coalition operates a digital “Scientists’ Helpdesk” for delegation members. Through the helpdesk, negotiators can confidentially ask questions directed to scientists with relevant expertise. Our members can assist with sharing the latest scientific evidence on plastics and answer questions on terminology and scientific concepts. The Helpdesk is available here.

Ask a Scientist

The Scientists’ Coalition will also be available to meet and engage with delegates through the in-person “Ask a Scientist” event on Monday 11th November.

Contact us at if you or your delegation would like to schedule a meeting in advance or get in touch with us during the event. An overview of the scientists participating in Nairobi is available here.

Our Response to the Zero Draft

The Scientists’ Coalition has prepared a response to the zero draft text of the legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution, offering science-based reflections to support INC-3. The full response can be found here – in English, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Background material

Prior to the negotiations, our expert working groups have prepared several policy briefs and fact sheets, available in different languages.

Our members present in Nairobi

You may find an overview of our experts present in Nairobi above. All members are actively conducting research on plastics related issues and have provided a Conflict of Interests form to ensure independence and transparency.

For more information on the Scientists’ Coalition, click the logo in the upper right hand corner or visit our Linktree page.

By Sara Plassnig,
Secretariat member for the Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty
Research Assistant, Norwegian Institute for Water Research