A Ministerial Statement has been signed by the UK government and 52 members of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) to end plastic pollution by 2040.

The HAC is a coalition of more than 50 governments.

The joint statement calls for the inclusion of mandatory provisions in the global plastic pollution treaty, which is currently under negotiation.

It also calls for the reduction of production and consumption of primary plastic polymers to sustainable levels and to restrict and remove avoidable or problematic plastics, chemicals and products.

In addition, the statement demanded to end the release of plastics into nature.

The statement builds on the UK government’s commitment to create an ambitious, international legally binding treaty that will expedite its commitment to protect at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030.

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It comes prior to the second Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2), which is slated to take place in Paris next week.

UK Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “Plastic pollution continues to have a devastating effect on our world’s ocean, people and the wider environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever to step up, take action and drive forward the change needed to bring an end to plastic pollution globally.

“I am proud to be amongst other HAC members signing this statement that calls for ambitious new measures within the global plastics treaty and look forward to some productive and high-reaching discussions in the upcoming INC-2 meeting in Paris.”