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A Toxics-Free Future

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Working to eliminate harm to human health & the environment from toxic chemicals
Regional Participation in SAICM Meetings
Elevating Gender Aspects of Chemical Safety

The newsletter features updates from IPEN Participating Organizations on some of their work in the region, including from Latinoamericana de Nanotecnología y Sociedad (ReLANS), Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina (RAPAL), Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas en México (RAPAM), Taller Ecologista and Alianza Mundial por una Odontología Libre de Mercurio.

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(Geneva, Switzerland) – Delegates from more than 90 countries took the unprecedented step of voting for a global ban on pentachlorophenol – a proven toxic pesticide and contaminant in wildlife and human biomonitoring studies. The historic vote came at the combined meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, which usually make decisions by consensus, after India repeatedly blocked action.

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Geneva, 8 May 2015: The EU has pushed dangerous cleanup standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and OctaBDE) at a UN meeting of chemicals treaties in Geneva, Switzerland. All three toxic chemicals are listed in the Stockholm Convention for global elimination. They are ubiquitous in the environment globally and can disrupt human hormone systems, creating potential adverse effects on the development of the nervous system and children’s IQ. 

IPEN organized a successful side event during the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions' Conference of the Parties: "Waste & Synergies between Basel and Stockholm Conventions: Understanding the Links and Implications" Alan Watson (Public Interest Consultants and IPEN), Jindrich Petrlik (Arnika Toxics and Waste Programme and IPEN's Dioxin, PCBs and Waste Working Group), and Jim Puckett (Basel Action Network) made presentations.

The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) for the Basel Convention, the 7th COP for the Rotterdam Convention and the 7th COP for the Stockholm Convention convened its first day on Monday, 4 May 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations in 25 countries are attending the conference and participating in contact groups, side events, plenary interventions and more. For details about IPEN's work during the meeting, as well as relevant documents and positions, please see our COP7 page

In the run-up to the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7), IPEN has released its "Quick Views of Stockholm Convention COP7." This document is a summary statement of IPEN views on issues that COP7 will be called upon to address, including POPs wastes, tecnical assistance and regional centres, rules of procedure, compliance, listing of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in Annex A, listing of hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in Annex A and C, exemptions and acceptable purposes, evaluation of PFOS, and more. 

On 29 April, an international conference on chemical safety in Kazakhstan will take place in Astana. Organized by IPEN Regional Hub Arnika (Czech Republic), in cooperation with IPEN Participating Organization EcoMuseum Karaganda (Kazakhstan), as well as the European Union and Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, the conference will highlight the results of a 2-year monitoring project that studied environmental pollution in selected hotspots caused by persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals, and its impact on health of local communities.


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