India, Jan. 5 -- Industry representatives attended the event, even as civil society was often not allowed at most closed door meetings

On December 2, 2022, negotiators responsible for carving out a global treaty on ending plastic pollution by 2024 concluded their first ever meeting in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

The five-day meeting of the intergovernmental negotiating committee, which began on November 28, showed glimpses of what is in store over the next two years.

Countries spoke in different voices, with their individual interests in mind and many negotiating teams saw strong representation from the industry, which until recently opposed the treaty that was agreed upon by all 195 UN member-states at the resumed session of the fifth Un...