International Relations

Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) meeting in Ottawa

  • The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) is taking place in Ottawa, Canada.
  • The objective is to finalise a global agreement on plastic pollution by November of this year. 

What is the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC)?

  • INC is a group tasked with developing a legally enforceable international instrument to eradicate plastic pollution by 2025 in accordance with United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) Resolution 5/14.
  • It commenced operations in November 2022 at Punta del Este, Uruguay (INC-1).
    • The second summit (INC-2) was held in Paris, France, from May to June 2023.
    • The INC-3 convened in Nairobi in December 2023.
  • INC plans to finish its work by the end of 2024.

INC-4 Key Points: 

  • Previous sessions (INC-1, INC-2, and INC-3) prepared the groundwork for this one.
  • They are working on reducing excessive plastic consumption while still using it for critical purposes such as renewable energy.

Future Prospects:

  • INC-5 will take place in Busan, South Korea, and is intended to finalise everything.
  • Following that, leaders from other nations will sign the pact. 

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