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Good morning, this is Michelle. While most of France was on a break on Whit Monday, around 2,000 participants from governments, civil society and the private sector gathered in Paris for negotiations on a plastics treaty. The meeting, which runs until Friday, is poised to be the scene of an ongoing battle of interests.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, discussions are due to continue on global health and on the climate, with the UN’s next weather chief to be elected Thursday.

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Michelle Langrand


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Bales of used plastic containers tightly packed to be recycled. (Unsplash/Nareeta Martin)

Plastics treaty talks underpinned by diverging interests. A second round of negotiations on a new treaty to keep the world from drowning in plastics kicked off yesterday in Paris, following a historic decision in 2022 between countries to negotiate a legally binding agreement by the end of 2024. In Geneva, where some of the preparatory meetings have taken place over the last year, environmental campaigners and other delegates have warned about intentions to weaken the agreement.

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What else to watch this week

🗳️WMO’s uncertain leadership forecast. As Petteri Taalas prepares to step down as head of World Meteorological Organization at the end of his second term, member states will be electing a successor on Thursday. Favourites include an Argentinian, a Chinese and a Swiss-Russian candidate, but the outcome of the vote is as uncertain as its potential stakes are important.

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