International Scientists Expose Corruption in Global Plastic Treaty Negotiations
11 Nov 2023 ( BollyInside )
An international group of scientists is raising concerns about corruption in global plastic treaty negotiations, urging the implementation of strict guidelines to prevent conflicts of interest from interfering with important health and environmental issues.The plastic and chemical industries have a history of using tactics to hamper regulatory efforts.The group warns that similar issues could arise in the development of the UN Science Policy Panel on chemicals, waste, and pollution.Industry representatives have pushed misleading statements, including the debunked claim that plastic production will help fight climate change.
International Group of Scientists Call Out Corruption in Global Plastic Treaty Negotiations
An international group of 35 scientists, including IRES’s Gunilla Öberg, is calling out conflicts of interest plaguing global plastic treaty negotiations and that have interfered with timely action on other health and environmental issues. They urge the implementation of strict guidelines to prevent the same problems from affecting the UN’s upcoming Science Policy Panel on chemicals.
Concerns about Industry Influence
The scientists express concern that industry representatives have been actively involved in the plastic treaty negotiations, pushing misleading statements and interfering with regulatory efforts.
Implications for Environmental Health
The group warns that the widespread contamination of air and water due to plastic and chemical industries’ influence is a threat to human and ecosystem health.SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE