The Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty is a network of independent scientific and technical experts seeking to contribute to the treaty process with summaries and interpretations of scientific knowledge to decision makers and the public involved in the negotiations towards a global plastics treaty. The Coalition was formed in 2022, following the decision of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to start the negotiations towards a treaty to end plastic pollution.
The Scientists’ Coalition has the following goal and objectives:
To achieve an effective global plastics treaty anchored in and centered around robust evidence-based decision-making and the precautionary principle, pursuant to UNEA Resolution 5/14.
The Scientists' Coalition engages with the treaty negotiations in three ways
The Scientists’ Coalition is currently led by an interim Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for the direction of work of the Scientists’ Coalition and approves outputs from the working groups.
Interim Steering Committee Members:
The Steering Committee is responsible for the overarching strategy and outputs of the Scientists’ Coalition. The Steering Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting. At present an interim steering committee is in place until an election can be held.
Scientists’ Coalition Expert Working Groups: The work of the Scientists’ Coalition is organised in working groups. The working groups are managed two co-chairs on core scientific topics related to the Plastics Treaty process. Membership of the working groups are open to Scientists’ Coalition members that can document relevant scientific expertise and a declaration on Conflicts of Interest.
The Coalition Secretariat supports the flow of work, ensuring disclosures of interest are kept up to date, meetings, document management and membership outreach.
The Secretariat for the Coalition is hosted in the International Knowledge Hub Against Plastic Pollution (IKHAPP) – a joint initiative between several research organisations.