COARE is proud to have been one of the key organizations involved in developing and negotiating the landmark decision to begin negotiating a global treaty to address plastic pollution.

COARE first proposed the idea of a global treaty to address plastic pollution back in 2016, and after nearly six years of uphill battle, we were honored to have been on the ground when this movement took a giant step forward at the Fifth UN Environment Assembly that took place in February. Read our Special Edition Newsletter here.

While this is a tremendous step forward, the work ahead will be the hard-fought. The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committtee (INC) that will negotiate and develop this treaty will meet several times over the next two years, and COARE plans to be at each of those meetings to support and guide the development of critical components.

What you can do to help

  • Remember the adage, "Think Globally; Act Locally";
  • Demand that government officials take an active and supportive approach towards international cooperation;
  • As an individual, please join our Action Network Call to Action, asking world leaders to support the Rwanda/Peru Draft Resolution for a Global Treaty to address Plastic Pollution at the upcoming UN Environment Assembly;
  • If you represent an organization, ensure that it has joined our Global Call to Action at;
  • If you are a U.S.–based individual, please let our State Department Representatives know that they need to support a treaty that addresses the full lifecycle of plastic and that addresses production. Twitter seems to be the best way to reach them:
    • U.S. Department of State (@StateDept)
    • Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (@SecBlinken)
    • State Department Science Diplomacy (@SciDiplomacyUSA)
    • Monica Medina, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (@MonicaMedinaDC)