IPEN International Pollutants Elimination Network

Ottawa 23-29 April 2024

The fourth meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) of the Plastics Treaty was held from 23 – 29 April 2024, in Ottawa, Canada

See IPEN’s summary of what happened at INC-3 and INC-2.

Plastics Treaty Resources

The Plastic Treaty negotiations are scheduled to continue through 2024, with regular sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC).

For each negotiating session, IPEN develops policy documents on the meeting agenda and emerging issues, as well as briefing papers, reports, and other materials. 

Our Quick Views are available in several languages.

INC-4 Press Statement, April 30: After a Slow Start, Plastics Treaty Talks Gain New Momentum at INC-4

The Plastics Treaty fourth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) closed early this morning, for the first time with draft text outlining pathways toward a global agreement. In a positive development, the draft text includes options for addressing the overproduction of plastic and eliminating toxic chemicals throughout the plastics life cycle. While these and other key issues remain contentious (with bracketed text, signaling ongoing discussions toward a final agreement), leadership from the Chair helped move the overall talks forward and create a plan for technical work groups before INC-5 in November in the Republic of Korea.

The Arctic's Plastic Crisis

A timely report from Alaska Community Action on Toxics and IPEN highlights perspectives from Arctic Indigenous leaders and explains how plastics, chemicals, and climate change are interconnected crises that are particularly harmful to the Arctic and threaten Indigenous rights.

Read the report and explore audio and video excerpts from Native Alaskan leaders.

Trash and plastic waste with icebergs

We’ve already seen over a thousand wells drilled near our community associated with oil and gas development. It is very concerning to us because we see the changes to our lands and waters and these changes affect our daily lives.


Rosemary Ahtuangaruak

Iñupiaq scholar, activist, leader, former health aide, and founder of Grandmothers Growing Goodness from the Native Village of Nuiqsut

My role has been to be an advocate, to inform people about the routes of contamination…. (it’s important) to be open to learning and be open to finding opportunities for the community, because it only takes one person to see an opportunity and bring it to the table for everybody.

Jasmine Jemewouk

Indigenous leader, Iñupiaq and Cherokee Native from Elim, Alaska

Worldwide we are not prepared for catastrophic disasters. Rural Alaska, rural communities, Indigenous tribes all over the world are under assault... We are overwhelmed with concern about the health harms associated with climate change, the loss of sea ice and melting permafrost, and the mobilization of chemicals and plastics — these are all interconnected. We are running out of time!

Delbert Pungowiyi

Yupik Elder, Arctic Indigenous leader, and human rights advocate from Sivuqaq, Alaska

The chemicals present in our bodies are passed on to our Indigenous children and harm their ability to learn our languages, songs, stories, and knowledge.

Vi Pangunnaaq Waghiyi

Yupik Mother and Grandmother, member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council from Sivuqaq, Alaska

We don't just eat one chemical. We eat the whole fish.

Violet Yeaton

Sugpiat and a Long-time Community Advocate from the Native Village of Port Graham

The Endocrine Society and IPEN provide a comprehensive update on the science of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which may be particularly harmful during the fetal and infant stages. The report examines bisphenols and phthalates, two toxic chemical groups found in many plastics, and includes a special feature highlighting EDC exposures throughout the plastic life cycle.

Children's Health Threats from Plastic Chemicals

Project TENDR, an alliance of 50+ leading scientists, health professionals, and advocates, share a briefing for delegates outlining how common exposures to plastic and its toxic chemicals are harming children’s brain development. They summarize the scientific evidence and offer policy recommendations to strengthen the Plastics Treaty to protect children’s health.

IPEN in INC-4 news

a young child squatting in a large plastic waste pile

Troubling Toxics: Eliminating Harmful Plastic Chemicals Through the Plastics Treaty

The IPEN briefing Troubling Toxics discusses approaches in the Plastics Treaty to establish criteria for a negative list of toxic chemicals associated with the production, use, and disposal of plastics.  IPEN calls for a strategy that combines a negative list of toxic chemicals to eliminate from plastics with an approach that prohibits marketing chemicals when there is no available toxicity data. 

INC-4 Event: Threats to Indigenous Peoples from Plastics, Chemicals, and Climate Change

On Thursday, April 25, IPEN co-hosted a press briefing on threats to Indigenous Peoples from plastics, chemicals, and climate change.

Click below for more about this event.

Images from INC-4

Plastics Treaty INC-4

IPEN Interventions

IPEN participates throughout the Plastics Treaty talks, including by offering our views to  delegates. 

Featured Video

Voices from the Arctic

ACAT Executive Director and IPEN Global Co-Chair Pamela Miller speaks to Anchorage-based Your Alaska Link television, along with Native leaders Rosemary Ahtuangaruak and Vi Waghiyi to discuss the new ACAT-IPEN report The Arctic’s Plastic Crisis.