24 March 2023

Informal Roundtable Discussion on the Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health

TESS and Minderoo Foundation hosted this informal roundtable discussion on the findings of the Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health in the context of the global plastics treaty negotiations, recently published during Monaco Oceans Week 2023.

Participants included government representatives covering the plastics treaty negotiations, health, and trade issues relevant to plastic pollution as well as a number of experts from the WHO and stakeholder organizations.


Lead authors of the commission presented the findings of their work, which covers

  • the hazards of plastics to human health across the plastics life cycle;
  • a first estimate of the contribution of plastics to the global burden of disease;
  • the disproportionate impacts of plastics on disadvantaged populations, vulnerable people and children;
  • the effects of plastics on the environment, in particular the ocean.

Question & Answer Section

Open Discussion, focusing on

  • potential core obligations and control measures within the treaty;
  • how health aspects can be taken into account in the treaty; and
  • relevant implementation measures (including science-policy institutional arrangements).

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