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A Toxics-Free Future

2009 Milestones

  • Nine New POPs are officially added to the Stockholm Convention at the 4th Conference of the Parties (COP4).
  • The Stockholm Convention’s “Toolkit” is revised to include an “inventory of sources,” a major victory after a long and highly technical struggle to more accurately calculate industry contributions to dioxin emissions.
  • IPEN Regional Action Plans are finalized, outlining priority actions for IPENers in 2009-2012 and dictating the IPEN International SAICM Implementation Project (ISIP) framework.
  • IPEN proposes a Global Partnership for the Elimination of Lead in Paint at the second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the global community endorses the activity by consensus. View IPEN's lead in paint efforts.
  • IPEN adopts a Mercury Platform for the global Mercury Treaty negotiations and the IPEN General Assembly officially expands IPEN policy work into heavy metals.
  • IPEN establishes a Heavy Metals Working Group, and further engages in the preparations for the negotiation of the emerging Mercury Treaty.
  • IPENers Olga Speranskaya and Yuyun Ismawati receive the 2009 Goldman Environmental Award for their work on toxics and waste. In receiving the award, Olga officially acknowledges her local NGO and IPEN.
  • The SAICM Global Outreach Campaign achieves its objective of over 1,000 endorsements by NGOs across 100 countries that are committed to advancing SAICM and chemical safety.
  • IPEN participates in the third Open-Ended Working Group to prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on mercury in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • IPEN publishes “An NGO Guide to Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM,” making it available in five languages.
  • IPEN establishes four new global Working Group listserves pertaining to heavy metals, chemicals in products, nanotechnology, and electronic and electrical products (e-waste).

Men sorting e-waste in Bangladesh