Health professionals urge to make no exceptions for the sector in the Plastics Treaty

Plastics is a global health crisis hiding in plain sight. Throughout the lifecycle of plastic, from production to disposal, a wide array of toxic chemicals and microplastics pose risks through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Communities, health workers, and health systems are already witnessing the detrimental impacts of plastic production and pollution.

The urgency to address this crisis has led to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) spearheading negotiations for a "Plastics Treaty." This treaty aims to establish an international legally binding agreement by the end of 2024 to combat plastic pollution comprehensively.

The upcoming fourth meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) in Canada is a crucial gathering where world leaders will discuss strategies to end plastic pollution. Recognizing their pivotal role, leading medical and public health experts have written a letter urging delegates of INC-4 to prioritize an ambitious treaty without blanket exemptions for health care. A blanket exemption is inconsistent with the health mission of the sector and would inhibit innovation and momentum for plastics reduction, reuse, and redesign. It is contrary to growing global efforts for a sustainable health sector.

The momentum is growing, with over 500 individuals and organizations representing the interests of millions of health professionals worldwide already signing the Open Letter. This global movement underscores the collective responsibility to protect both the planet and people's health.

Join the global effort to combat plastic pollution. Sign the Open Letter and be part of the solution:

Together, we can create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.