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Global Plastics Treaty (INC-2) in Paris 
May 30th - June 1st, 2023


The UN-led 'Global Plastics Treaty' is a 4-year international effort between over 180 countries, business leaders and NGOs to address the 'out of control' problem that plastic pollution has become for our planet. UN member countries called for unified action in 2022. After 5 rounds of negotiations spanning to end of 2024, a policy document will be ratified to create the same rules and binding regulations for the ENTIRE life cycle of plastic irregardless of borders. This treaty could bring the END of single-use plastics around the world, if successful!

Hidden Plastic was honoured to have attended the second round of negotiations at INC-2 (which stands for 'Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee') in the Paris UNESCO building  last spring 2023. And we recently attended INC-4 in Ottawa, Canada this past April spite of the fact that officially no 'under 18s' were allowed to register! 

Ashton & Zara's active participation at these international events has highlighted that their generation is grossly under-represented, has an important voice to add to the negotiations, and SHOULD be included at the international table where important decisions are currently being made. Decisions that will most profoundly impact THEIR future! 

help zara & ashton attend the final inc-5 in s. korea through their crowdfunding page HERE


INC-4 Ottawa

We attended    INC-4
Global Plastics Treaty
in Ottawa, Canada

April 23-29th, 2024


Our Impact at INC-4:

Met with UK delegation (Defra) for 40 minutes!

Met with PepsiCo Lead Negotiator for 20 minutes!

Worked with the Global Youth Coalition on Plastic Pollution (GYCPP)

Attended side events on alternative packaging, youth justice and Polynesian Triangle

Met with The Scientists Coalition and           High Ambition Coalition (HAC)

Met with Fiji, UK and US delegations

Helped host a side event for Youth with Planeteer Alliance

Brought HOPE to many of the adults that our generation will work alongside them to help bring an end to plastic pollution!

Above: In front of 'The Tap' art installation with Robin Okunowo (Captain Planet Foundation), Benjamin Von Wong (artist), Diego Arreola Fernandez and Dejea Lyons

CBC News - TV did an excellent feature on Ashton & Zara as some of the youngest delegates at INC-4!!

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We met Professor Richard Thompson at the Alternative Packaging side-event sponsored by the University of Plymouth (image from their website)


Ashton & Zara in the main plenary with a few members of the GYCPP (aka 'Youth & Children')

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Thank you so much to The Captain Planet Foundation and Planeteer Alliance for helping sponsor us & allowing us to use 2 of their five UNEP passes to get into INC-4!

INC-2 Paris

(we joined through Captain Planet Foundation)
Arrived at UNESCO building in Paris! Got a great tour from Biz4GPT Secretariat and became familiar with how international negotiations work at the UN.
Day 2: At a side-event we met, and then interviewed
David Katz - founder of The Plastic Bank.

Watch here --->
(Morning): We spoke at the launch of the Plastic Health Council. So happy to meet co-founders Sian Sutherland
(A Plastic Planet AND Maria Westerbos (Plastic Soup Foundation)
(Afternoon): Zara gave a fantastic (5-minute) opening speech on behalf of youth to the UNEP / Global Seaweed Coalition's event 'Seaweed Packaging' in Paris. Watch it below...
(Nearly midnight!): Zara & Ashton joined the Global Youth Coalition for Plastic Pollution to draft an intervention  to plenary (see above for more details). Ashton was first to speak after UN member countries were finished...and woke up the room with thunderous applause! 
Watch a short version here ---->
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