University of Waterloo team attends fourth session UN plastics treaty negotiations

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Members of a University of Waterloo delegation, including Stephanie Slowinski, Research Biogeochemist in ERG, attended the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (INC-4) in Ottawa from April 23 to 29. Also attending as part of the University of Waterloo delegation were Nancy Goucher, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist for the Global Water Futures program, Cassandra Sherlock, PhD student working with Dr. Roy Brouwer as part of the Microplastics Fingerprinting project, and Dr. Elisabeth Prince, Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. The University of Waterloo delegation participated as an observer in the treaty negotiation process and engaged with civil society delegations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other University’s delegations, as observers of the treaty negotiations.

A few perspectives on the outcomes of the INC-4 negotiation session can be found at the links below:

Four members of the Water Institute in front of a sculpture featuring a floating faucet with plastic litter flowing out like water.