IPEN Work Themes:
About IPEN's work groups
Within the IPEN network, a number of Participating Organizations have convened around chemical safety
themes to form Working Groups. Each working group has a Secretariat, Co-Chairs and an email list serve.
Currently the thematic IPEN Working Groups are:
Dioxin, PCB and Waste Working Group: Addresses dioxin emissions/releases and sources, as well as disposal technology of POPs stockpiles.
POPs Pesticide Working Group: Addresses POP pesticide phase-outs, the addition of new POP pesticide candidates, malaria control and the promotion of alternatives to DDT.
POPRC Working Group: Focuses on the listing of new POPs to the Stockholm Convention via the POPs Review Committee (POPRC).
Community Monitoring Working Group: Eorks on the monitoring of POPs globally.
Lead: Focuses on the need to eliminate lead from household paint, in developing countries and countries with economies in translation.
Mercury: Works to raise awareness about mercury hazards, and develops policy papers and interventions related to the UNEP preparation discussions addressing the need for global action on mercury.
Chemicals in Products: Seeks to raise awareness and provide more information about "chemicals in products, especially" in consumer products.
Electronic Waste: Seeks to address the growing problem of e-waste around the world.
Nano Particles: At the 2009 Strategic Approach to Chemical Management meeting, delegates stated that the precautionary principle needed to be applied to nanotechnology issues, that countries should have the right to say no to nanotechnology, and that special measures need to be taken to protect vulnerable groups, this working group was formed to address these points and other aspects of the emerging issue of nanotechnology.
IPEN Mapping Project: Electronic world map of POPs waste hot spots.