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Key Elements of a Global Agreement

To help zero out plastic pollution and accelerate a circular economy for plastics, a global agreement should include the following.

A requirement for governmental action plans with national targets for reducing plastic waste, including dates and rates.

National assessments and progress reports on plastic waste reduction, based on universal methodology.

Mechanisms to accelerate the use of recycled plastics through public-private investments.

Guidance to accelerate a circular economy, such as best practices on waste minimization, product design, capacity building and public policies.

Capacity building to support environmentally sound materials and waste management.

Mandated participation in a certified program to help prevent plastic materials in the value chain from entering the environment.