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Unsafe Lead-Levels in Indonesian Paint Report
A new report from Balifokus found that most paint companies in Indonesia, including some major brands, sell paint for household use containing unsafe levels of lead. The paint analysis was done in coordination with the IPEN Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project, which is being implemented in seven different countries. More than 77% of the samples had lead content greater than 90 parts per million, and would not be permitted for sale in most highly industrialized countries.
Preparations for SAICM Regional Meeting
In preparation for the 4th Latin American & Caribbean regional meeting on the SAICM, Pesticide Action Network and IPEN produced two thought starter papers: one on Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides and SAICM and one on Highly Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM. The meeting concluded positively with the adoption of resolutions on both Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Highly Hazardous Pesticides.
UN meeting on chemicals moves forward on flame retardant ban, but stalls on asbestos and paraquat
IPEN highlights outcomes from the combined meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions and decisions on chemicals and wastes from more than 120 countries.
IPEN joint press release on provisional decision to ban production and use of the flame retardant HBCD
IPEN, Pesticide Action Network and the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus released a joint press release at the culmination of the Stockholm Convention's COP6 congratulating governments for their provisional decision to globally ban production and use of the commonly-used flame retardant, HBCD.
"We applaud countries for their decision to ban this chemical and not to allow the recycling of products containing it," said Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, IPEN senior adviser. "This will prevent materials containing HBCD from being recycled into new products and protect people from contamination that would otherwise cause serious damage to their health."
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View a 6 minute movie about IPEN and the threat of POPs.
Learn from examples of NGO POPs Projects on the Ground.
Read about the impacts of the chemicals called persistent organic polluants or POPs.
Read about the Stockholm Convention and how it protects us all from POPs.
Read how IPEN groups all over the world are working for a toxics free future.
NGO Educational Guides to Key International Policies: Download educational booklets on POPs, Highly Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM.
These booklets are available in several languages, and provide a swift orientation of key international chemical policies and how NGOs can utilize agreements by the international community to protect their local communities from toxic threats.
IPEN Updates & Action
Action on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
EDCs are present in consumer products and pesticides and play a role in increased incidence of reproductive diseases, cancer, obesity, and type-2 diabetes worldwide. In 2012, more than 100 governments reached consensus agreement that action is needed on EDCs through the SAICM process. IPEN and The Endocrine Society call for swift action by UN agencies and recommend key principles to form the basis of the work going forward.
Press Release: English
For more information on endocrine disrupting chemicals, see:
- The Endocrine Society's scientific statement
- UNEP-WHO State of the Science Report on endocrine disrupting chemicals
For more information about SAICM, the global body that recognized the need for action on endocrine disrupting chemicals, see IPEN's SAICM Guide.
A Public Interest Guide to Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
IPEN has updated its guide to toxic flame retardant chemicals booklet to reflect new developments since it was first released in June 2012. The guide is an introduction to the science and industry manipulation of toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants. These toxic chemicals do not provide fire safety but are widely present in consumer products that release them into dust, as well as in the millions of tons of electronic waste that is dumped in developing countries each year, polluting people and the environment.
Guide to the New Mercury Treaty
The final meeting on the new mercury treaty was held in Geneva in January 2013 and reached agreement on the text of the new treaty. The treaty will be adopted in October 2013 at a diplomatic conference in Japan. IPEN believes that, at minimum, a global treaty on mercury should incorporate provisions that, if taken together and fully implemented, will actually reduce total anthropogenic mercury emissions and releases to the global environment. Read our Guide to see our assessment about whether the new treaty accomplishes this.
IPEN and BRI Report on Global Mercury Hotspots
New Evidence Reveals Mercury Contamination Regularly Exceeds Health Advisory Levels in Humans and Fish Worldwide.
* POPs Persistent Organic Pollutants. This is a group of chemicals that are very toxic to people and the environment.