APPA/TWC Submission to UNEP

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The New Zealand Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance

On 15 August 2023, the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) and the Tāngata Whenua Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty (TWC) presented a joint submission (Part A and Part B) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), providing our whakaaro on the scope, principles, and other critical elements of the Global Plastics Treaty (GPT).

This submission expresses our positions on the GPT, which are Tiriti-led and based upon credible evidence from independent science, including Indigenous science and knowledge systems.

Key actions that we support include: the minimisation of virgin plastic and toxic chemical production; designing plastics, as an inherently harmful material, out of our economies as much as possible through the redesign of traditionally plastic products and and plastic-dependent systems; shifting from single-use to reuse; investing in Indigenous and community-led systems of waste prevention; and building capacity for other truly circular solutions such as reuse, refill, repair and compost systems.

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Matt Peryman

Matt Peryman

Kaupapa Māori Social Scientist & Researcher. Ngāti Awa. Ia/ia

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