South Korea to Host Final U.N. Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee Meeting on Plastic Pollution in 2024

SEOUL - South Korea will host the fifth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-5) focused on plastic pollution next year, the foreign ministry announced Monday.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the meeting will be held in the southern port city of Busan in the second half of 2024. The committee is working on an internationally binding agreement to address plastic pollution, including in marine environments. The committee meeting is part of a resolution adopted during the fifth session of the U.N. Environment Assembly in early 2022. Previous sessions were held in Uruguay in November 2022 and in France from late May to early June of this year. Kenya is scheduled to host the third session next month, followed by Canada for the fourth session in April of next year.

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