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A Toxics-Free Future


How to Join

IPEN is a global network of public interest NGOs working together for a world in which toxic chemicals are no longer produced or used in ways that harm human health and the environment.

We are comprised of over 600 Participating Organizations in more than 120 countries, primarily in countries with developing and transitional economies. IPENers take action internationally, working on local, regional and global campaigns and policies to:

  • Protect women and children from toxic chemicals
  • Reduce and eliminate the world’s most harmful chemicals
  • Eliminate lead in paint
  • Reduce mercury pollution
  • Demand that the private sector disclose information about chemicals in their products
  • Promote agroecology and toxics-free electronics

IPEN was founded in 1998 and is registered in Sweden as a non-profit, public interest organization.

A non-profit, non-governmental organization that works for the public interest and supports IPEN's mission can become a Participating Organization of IPEN by endorsing IPEN's Stockholm, Dubai, and Minamata Declarations and IPEN’s Policy Statement on Toxic Pollutants and the Fossil Fuel Life Cycle. Please note that the documents are available in numerous languages.

For more information, please send an email with a short description of your NGO (and web site address if you have one) to the IPEN Secretariat at

Mari Carcamo in China      Silvani, Ram, etc in China

Group shot from Brazil