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A Toxics-Free Future

2011 Milestones

  • The Stockholm Convention lists the pesticide endosulfan after a several years of campaigning by IPEN Participating Organizations and others on the ground across the globe and especially in India, the world’s largest producer and exporter of endosulfan. Vi Waghiyi COP5
  • The Stockholm Convention addresses waste-containing brominated flame retardants (including electronic-waste), which is becoming a major issue, as POPs waste is being dumped in developing countries. IPEN participates actively in policy proposals to label and limit export of these wastes.
  • IPEN authors an Asia-Pacific Heavy Metals Report for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which includes case studies from IPEN Participating Organizations working on toxic heavy metal issues.
  • IPEN secures a 1.4 million Euro grant from the European Union for a Lead Paint Elimination Project in seven Asian countries. This work springs from IPEN’s groundbreaking research showing widespread use of lead paint in developing countries and the successful proposal to 150 governments to commit to global elimination of lead paint in the SAICM process.
  • IPEN works with Participating Organization EcoWaste Coalition to measure toxic metals in children’s products in the Philippines. Over one-third of over 400 children’s products and cosmetics contain ingredients of significant concern. The study provoked support and plans to overhaul consumer protection laws from the relevant regulatory agencies. 
  • IPEN conducts the first study of brominated flame retardants in a recycled product, carpet padding. The study shows that the levels of toxic chemicals in a product widely used in homes and offices qualifies the product as hazardous waste, and was featured in the New York Times, presented at a major international scientific conference, and submitted for scientific publication.
  • IPEN conducts the first publically available study of toxic metals in 500 children’s products in China in collaboration with Greenpeace East Asia. The study provided public access to the data and provoked extensive media coverageTesting products for toxic metals in China
  • IPEN launches a global solidarity action with the Minamata community in Japan and the “Honoring Minamata” Campaign at the second negotiating meeting of the Mercury Treaty in Japan.
  • IPEN Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith co-authors the “recommendations” section of the first United Nations report on climate change and POPs.
  • IPEN elects a new Co-Chair, Manny Calonzo, regional leader from Southeast Asia, to serve with Dr. Olga Speranskaya. BFRs poster
  • IPEN participates extensively in the planning and execution of an international United Nations workshop to develop recommendations on the design, production, use, and end-of-life of electronic products. IPEN representatives worked with a multi-stakeholder group of 32 governments, industry, and public interest NGOs to develop key recommendations for the SAICM emerging policy process on electronics.
  • IPEN Co-Chair Dr. Olga Speranskaya is named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme, and shared the stage in New York with the President of Mexico at the awards ceremony.
  • IPEN establishes a global working group and listserve pertaining to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
  • With IPEN Participating Organization Green Beagle, IPEN secures a 2-year grant from the European Union to strengthen the capacity of pollution victims and civil society organizations to increase chemical safety in China.