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Small Island Developing States & Plastic Pollution: Elements of a Global Plastics Agreement

In late 2022, the international community convened in Punta del Este, Uruguay for the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to begin developing a new global agreement to end plastic pollution. This process has been largely guided by UNEA Resolution 5/14, which, among other things, broadly identifies provisions that must—at a minimum—be included …

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Plastic Production in SIDS: Case Studies of Five Small Island Developing States

Recognizing the need to address the growing global plastics crisis, the international community has begun the process of developing an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, which has the potential to impact domestic activities surrounding plastic production. Up until now, however, there has been a notable lack of information on the role that Small …

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Plastic Production in SIDS: Preliminary Data on the Role of Small Island Developing States in Global Plastic Production

Recognizing the need to address the growing global plastics crisis, the international community has begun the process of developing an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, which has the potential to impact domestic activities surrounding plastic production. Up until now, however, there has been a notable lack of information on the role that Small …

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Small Island Developing States & Plastic Pollution: The Road Towards a Global Agreement on Plastics

Plastic pollution has evolved into one of the greatest global threats to humankind and the environment. While its impacts on health, food security, livelihoods, economies, and the wider environment are experienced across the globe, small island developing states are experiencing these impacts on a disproportionate scale, due in part to their unique vulnerabilities and limited …

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New Plastics Litigation Tracker

Announcing the Plastics Litigation Tracker, a new resource from the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, & Land Use Law. The project tracks cases addressing plastics across federal and state courts, tagging each case by categories such as false advertising, environmental protection, and securities. The tracker includes resolved …

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SIDS & Marine Plastic Pollution: A Look at How Small Island Developing States are Impacted by Plastic Pollution

Plastic—one of the world’s most ubiquitous materials—currently poses one of the greatest threats to the environment, human health, and livelihoods. However, the impacts of plastic pollution are neither distributed nor experienced equally by all countries; while plastic pollution affects many countries across the globe, small island developing states (SIDS) have been disproportionately affected by this …

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Fellowship in International Environmental Law & Policy (Focus on Marine Plastic Pollution)

The Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law seeks to hire a full-time Fellow to conduct policy-relevant research, writing and outreach related to innovation in the development of international environmental law concerning plastic pollution. The Guarini Center, housed at NYU School of Law, is an academic and policy research center that advances innovative …

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Cities as Global Environmental Actors: The Case of Marine Plastics

As the impacts of marine plastic pollution become ever more apparent, a number of states have begun calling for the development of a new international agreement to address the problem. This essay considers which jurisdictional entities should be engaged in the drafting of such an agreement if one should materialize. While nation states have traditionally …

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