Jordan has won the direct election to become a member of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to End Plastic Pollution, which is expected to produce an agreement by 2024, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment Mohammad Khashashneh was also chosen as the representative of the Asia-Pacific Group in the intergovernmental committee and is in charge of negotiating a “binding international instrument to address the problem of plastic pollution in the world”, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has worked over the past few months to rally support for the Jordanian candidate as negotiating on membership started last May at the committee preparatory meeting and culminated in Tuesday’s vote.
The UN Environment Assembly adopted Resolution 5/14, titled “End Plastic Pollution: Towards an internationally legally binding instrument”, following several meetings, during which the UN environment program executive director described the agreement as “the most significant environmental deal since the Paris climate accord”.
According to a chapter from the Plastic Atlas 2020, Jordanians do not pay much attention, as they dispose of plastic waste in random ways, to the “catastrophic” effects of their behavior on the environment; an act that may be fatal to animals and marine organisms and even leads to the destruction of nature. Plastic and solid municipal waste, be it from domestic, industrial, or medical sources, finds its way to containers disbursed in residential neighborhoods in various regions of the Kingdom, often without sorting and later without recycling, only to be left to its fate in nature until it is buried in landfills.
With the expansion of cities and urban areas in different parts of Jordan, municipal solid waste increases by the day. According to estimates by the Ministry of Local Administration, the volume of waste received at the 19 landfills scattered in various regions of the Kingdom was approximately 1,662,939 tons in 2019 (figure does not include the solid waste arriving to all landfills in Jordan).