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15 March, 2016

Press Release:

Majority of the world snubbed by EU refusal to act promptly on contaminated sites

Delay dishonours victims of the Minamata tragedy 

Dead Sea, Jordan. At the 7th meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a small group of developed countries opposed prompt creation of guidelines to manage toxic mercury-contaminated sites. Proponents of action expressed concerns over local harm and mercury’s wide ranging impacts as a global pollutant. Fifty-four countries in Africa, 55 countries in Asia-Pacific, and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America pushed for action. However, the EU blocked consensus on prompt development of guidelines, ensuring years of delay and continuing mercury pollution.

Read the entire press release

13 March, 2016 

IPEN Intervention on Mercury Wastes

IPEN Intervention on Contaminated Sites

IPEN Intervention on ASGM 

Semia Gharbi a Mauratanian delegate (Photo by ENB)
12 March, 2016

IPEN Intervention on Evaluation de l'Efficacité & Etablissement des Rapports

IPEN Intervention on Reporting

11 March, 2016

Indonesian NGO BaliFokus organised a photo exhibit in the exhibition area of the meeting venue, showing some pictures of mercury intoxicated suspects, children and adults, from Indonesia's artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) hotspots and the former thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India. Today Yuyun Ismawati, IPEN Lead on ASGM and Senior Advisor for Balifokus, had an opportunity to brief Fernando Lugris, Chair of the Treaty INCs, about the health impacts of mercury. Ms. Ismawati concluded the briefing by saying, "After miners stop using mercury and switch to a safer alternative, the legacies that remain are: health impacts and contaminated sites."

New Minamata Disease Outbreak Photo Exhibit

Kodaikanal Mercury Thermometer Photo Exhibit
 
Rochelle Diver and Yuyun Ismawati setting up photo exhibit
Yuyun Ismawati and Fernando Lugris, Chair of the INC7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IPEN Intervention on Best Available Techniques / Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) 

IPEN Intervention on Supply Sources and Trade


10 March, 2016

The INC7 opened today and IPEN delivered an opening statement in plenary that noted that, amongst other things, effective, affordable and scientifically sound guidance for the identification and management of mercury contaminated sites is urgently required, and that there is also a requirement for adequate financial resources for those countries most in need to manage contaminated sites in a sustainable manner to protect future generarions. Read the entire statement here.

Lee Bell delivering IPEN Opening Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 March, 2016

IPEN Participating Organizations Balifokus and Ban Toxics press release: Indonesia may be undermining global mercury agreement. Groups urge government to close all mercury mines, report supply and trade. 

6 March, 2016

IPEN will be hosting a side event on 9 March from 15:00 - 16:45 in room Harranah 2 in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center. This side event will highlight the latest developments in the guidance for mercury-contaminated site identification, characterization and remediation. It will address issues of relevance to Article 12 of the Minamata Convention and the urgent need to prioritize action to clean up mercury hot spots. In addition, there will be discussion of the challenges involved in the remediation of ASGM sites as well as industrial and legacy sites, with a particular focus on the public health implications of inaction.

4 March, 2016

IPEN Quick Views of the Minamata Convention INC7

In the run-up to the meeting, which willl take place 10 - 15 March, 2016 in the Dead Sea, Jordan, IPEN has released its "Quick Views" of the Minamata Convention's INC7. This document is a summary statement of some IPEN views about issues that will be taken up at the INC7; including, among others, contaminated sites, artisanal and small-scale gold mining, mercury supply and trade, mercury waste, effectiveness evaluation and finances.

Currently available in English, français and español, the Quick Views will be posted in additional languages shortly.

1 March, 2016

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC7) for the international Mercury Treaty will take place in the Dead Sea, Jordan, from 9 - 15 March, 2016 November, and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations are participating.

The 4th meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) was held in Geneva from 28 September to 2 October 2015 and numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives attended. For details about IPEN's activities at the meeting, please see the tabs above. For more information (including an agenda, other meeting documents and more), see the SAICM website.  

2 October: IPEN Press ReleaseWorld Conference Re-Commits to Action on Toxic Chemicals, but Lets Funding for Most Impacted Countries Expire

(Geneva) Delegates to the world’s only international forum addressing global and national chemical issues re-committed to take essential actions to fulfill a goal of sound chemicals management by 2020, but allowed the only program funding activities in the most impacted countries to expire. The USD $4 trillion/year chemical industry, which participates in the conference, also failed to offer new funds to pay their fair share for the costs of chemicals management and harm. A very small global levy on the industry of 0.1% would yield more than USD$4 billion/year.

“ICCM4 agreed to take action on some critical toxic chemical issues,” said Olga Speranskaya, Co-chair of  IPEN. “However, a five-year funding gap will make it extremely difficult to implement them. This makes the need for funding urgent. Governments, financial institutions, intergovernmental organizations and the chemical industry must each pay their fair share,” she added.

Read the whole press release here.

2 October: Participation in United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Press Briefing

IPEN Co-Chair Olga Speranskaya took part in an UNEP press briefing on ICCM4, joining Mr. Achim Steiner (UNEP Executive Director), Dr. Richard Lesiyampe (Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya and President of ICCM4), and Mr. Cal Dooley (President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council & ICCA Council Secretary). The briefing was held at the Palais des Nations, and excerpts can be viewed here.

Olga Speranskaya at the United Nations Environment Programme Press Briefing

2 October: IPEN Closing Statement

"Goodwill alone will not minimize adverse effects on the people most impacted by chemical exposure – women, children, workers and impoverished communities. Increased and sustainable funding and technical resources and a sense of urgency are needed if we are going to make progress against the occupational diseases, cancers, and compromised quality of life that millions of people around the world experience now, as we speak. We call on everyone involved – governments, international agencies, industry, and civil society – to make sound chemical management a priority."

Read the entire statement here.  

28 September: Press Release

NGOs Seek Global Alliance for Phase-out of Highly Hazardous Pesticides at International Chemicals Meeting

(Geneva) More than a thousand non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from more than 100 countries called for the creation of a Global Alliance to Phase-out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) today at the opening session of the world’s only forum on international chemical safety.

“In many developing and transition countries, ordinary conditions of pesticide use are a source of significant harm to farmer and ecosystem health. That’s why the governing Council of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization called for the progressive ban of HHPs in 2006. However, to this day, HHPs continue to be widely used and there is no comprehensive, international approach to their phase-out,” said Olga Speranskaya, IPEN Co-Chair. “It’s time for this meeting to take that step.”

Read the entire press release here. 

Citizens' Report on SAICM Implmentation 2012 - 2015

IPEN’s Citizens’ Report details the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) by IPEN Participating Organizations between 2012 and 2015. More than 120 IPEN Participating Organizations actively executed more than 500 activities in 65 countries in all UN regions to work towards implementing all five objectives of the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy and 228 of the 299 items in the Global Plan of Action. Read the report here. 

Citizens' Report 2012 - 2015 cover

Media Advisory: What to Watch for at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management

IPEN's Media Advisory provides information about some important developments to watch for and track at the ICCM4 meeting, including: the future of international cooperation on sound chemicals management, concrete steps to phase out highly hazardous pesticides, SAICM’s five-year plan, and the management of chemicals that fall outside of chemicals conventions.

IPEN Quick Views of ICCM4

This document is a summary statement of some IPEN views about issues that will be taken up at the ICCM4, including, among others, chemicals in products, lead in paint, electronics, the overall orientation and guidance (OOG) document, endocrine disruptors, nanotechnology and finances. Read the Quick Views here.

IPEN thought starter: International cooperation on chemical safety beyond 2020

The 2006 decision that established the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) expires in 2020. In this thought starter, IPEN highlights some ways that SAICM has proven to be an extremely important international framework for promoting and advancing chemical safety objectives, and offers some suggestions to address the urgent question: what comes next? Read the thought starter here.

Letter to ICCM4 Delegates to Establish a Global Alliance to Phase-out HHPs

This letter from IPEN and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) was circulated to ICCM4 delegates to ask for support to establish a Global Alliance to Phase-out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) at the 4th Conference on International Chemicals Management (ICCM4) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. IPEN and PAN believe that such an Alliance, building on lessons learnt by the successful SAICM Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lead in Paint, is vital for assisting countries to adequately deal with HHPs and their replacement in a manner that supports the livelihoods of farmers. Read the letter here.

Some of the NGO representatives at the IPEN prep meeting in Geneva prior to the ICCM4

IPENers participated in the Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions that took place from 4 - 15 May, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Although the Stockholm Convention COP was IPEN’s main focus, IPEN also participated in the Basel and Rotterdam Convention meetings, as did some of IPEN’s partners, such as Basel Action Network (BAN), Pesticide Action Network (PAN), and Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA), amongst others. Some positions and documents from partners can also be found on this site. 

15 May Press Release: Toxic Pesticide Globally Banned after Unprecedented Vote at UN Chemicals Meeting

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. 

Read the entire press release, as well as one from IPEN Participating Organizations Alaska Community Action on Toxics and International Indian Treaty Councilhere (English / español)

8 May Press Release: EU Promotes Recycling Toxic Chemicals into New Products Which WIll Ultimately be Dumped as Waste into Developing Countries 

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 toxics 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.

Read the entire press release here (English / español)

7 May: Science Fair opens in Geneva

At the CICG building in Geneva where the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Convention Conferences of the Parties (COPs) are taking place, a Science Fair - "From Science to Action: Workig for a Safer Tomorrow" - opened on 7 May and will host events and provide information for conference delegates for three days. Booths at the Fair cover the following topics:

  • Accessing Science through the Clearing House Mechanism
  • Scientific Processes under the BRS Conventions
  • Scientifically Sound POPs Monitoring
  • Science Supporting Safe and Efficient Solutions for Hazardous Industrial Chemicals
  • Science Supporting Risk Reduction from Hazardous Pesticides
  • Science Providing Sustainable Waste Management Solutions: Turning waste to resource
  • Science Empowering the Public: How are we personally affected and what can we do?
  • From Science to Action: Examples of Successful Actions towards a safer tomorrow

IPEN contributed materials and information to three of the booths: Solutions for the Destructions of POPs Wastes factsheet; Global fish and community mercury monitoringSurvey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding and Toxic recycling posters, and a zero waste poster and postcards created with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).  

Additionally, Meriel Watts (Pesticide Action Network Asia & the Pacific / IPEN POPs Pesticides Working Group Chair) participated in a Science Fair discussion on “Science supporting decisionmaking on chemicals and wastes management” on 8 May with other experts from the POPs Review Committee (POPRC).

Zero Waste poster for BRS COP May 2015

  

5 May: NGO Rights Preserved

A victory in Geneva today as NGO rights were preserved after plenary decided not to take a new decision, but to stick with the outcomes from 2013 which ensured the participation of the most vulnerable non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs and CSOs) in the Basel / Ritterdam and Stockholm Convention Conferences of the Parties. 

Side Events  

On 8 May, IPENer Senior Science and Technical Advisor Joe DiGangi participated in a side event convened by UNEP and UNIDO: "Addressing Hazardous Substances within the Life-Cycle of Electrical and Electronic Products - Efforts till date AND e-waste management in developing and transition countries." 

Joe DiGangi speaking on occupational diseases in the Korean electronics industry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 6 May, IPEN held a side event: "Waste & Synergies between Basel and Stockholm Conventions: Understanding the Links and Implications"

This side event:

- Provided insights to E-waste activities in Africa & other regions

- Provided examples of recycled & reused POPs in new products

- Outlined the international policy landscape & synergies among the Conventions on these issues (ie, Low POPs, Recycling exemptions, Guidelines for Transboundary Movement of E-waste)

More information

Waste & Synergies side event flyer

 

 

Alan Watson and Jindrich Petrlik at IPEN waste side event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

  

On 5 May, IPENers participated in two side events:

IPEN Senior Science and Technical Advisor Joe DiGangi was a panelist in: "The Links: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals" organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization and Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Secretariat. Room 3 at CICG Building, 13:15. 

Vi Waghiyi, from IPEN Participating Organization Alaska Community Action on Toxics, was a panelist in: "Linkages between human rights and hazardous substances and wastes" organized by the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Europe, Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Secretariat and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. Room 4 at CICG Building, 13:15. 

See Vi Waghiyi's presentation here

Baskut Tuncak and Vi Waghiyi at human rights side event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 May, 2015: 

IPEN is participating in the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-12), the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-7), and the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-7) currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 4 to 15 May, 2015. 

IPEN group at COP7 prep mtg

28 April, 2015:

IPEN Quick Views of Stockholm Convention COP7

In the run-up to the Stockholm Convention's 7th Conference of the Parties, 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.

11 March, 2015: 

IPEN Guide to Listing the 2015 POPs Candidates

The Stockholm Convention established a science-based process for new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention. The Convention recognizes that a lack of full scientific certainty should not prevent a candidate substance from proceeding in the evaluation or listing and clearly mandates Parties to decide on listing “in a precautionary manner.” This new Guide (English /русский /español / français / العربية) highlights three new candidates for listing in the Convention in 2015 - pentachlorophenol, hexachlorobutadiene, and chlorinated naphthalenes - and provides the POPs Review Committee's recommendation for which annex the POPs should be listed under in the Convention, the chemicals' uses, alternatives, adverse effects, and more. 

See the Guide here 


17 December

Press Release: Consideration of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Advances at World Chemical Safety Meeting: English / français

IPEN Closing Statement - given by Olga Speranskaya, IPEN Co-Chair / Eco-Accord, Russia

One minute of silence for Matthew Gubb (SAICM Coordinator) and Theo Colburn (Founder and President Emeritus of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) and author of Our Stolen Future), who died on 14 December.

During the “Other Matters” part of the agenda, IPEN took the floor to offer a simple remembrance and honor of Theo Colborn and expressed the hope that work on EDCs under the agreement would honor her legacy. Riana Bornman of the University of Pretoria / Endocrine Society followed with a moving tribute about Colborn’s importance to woman and her bravery in the face of adversity.

The SAICM President then recognized and appreciated Colborn as a “great hero for her contributions.” The President also mentioned the passing of Matthew Gubb – the former SAICM coordinator who tragically died this year. The President asked the entire meeting to stand and observe one minute of silence in their honor.

A shot of the plenary floor during the one minute of silence.

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) held a side event on Women and Chemicals.

IPEN Intervention on 2016-2020 Planned Activities & Secretariat Budget - given by Björn Beeler, IPEN

IPEN Intervention on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) - given by Joe DiGangi, IPEN

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) Intervention on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) - given by Genon Jensen

IPEN Intervention on Risk Reduction Activities - given by Olga Speranskaya, IPEN Co-Chair / Eco-Accord, Russia

16 December

For plenary interventions given by IPEN and colleagues on the 16th, please go to the interventions page.

Successful Lead Paint Elimination Side Event Held in Geneva

Lead Paint Elimination OEWG2 side event flyer


15 December

For plenary interventions given by IPEN and colleagues on the 15th, please go to the interventions page.

RAPAL / IPEN Press Release: Los países de América Latina, ONGS y sindicatos llaman a que se realicen un esfuerzo mayor de cooperación global para la prohibición mundial gradual de los plaguicidas altamente peligrosos


14 December

IPEN Pesticides Working Group Chair Meriel Watts (Pesticide Action Network, Aotearoa New Zealand) spoke at the technical briefing on the case for dealing with highly hazardous pesticides. Amongst other themes, Dr. Watts highlighted the cost of inaction in dealing with hazardous pesticides. Other speakers in this section of the briefing included Ms. Trecia David, delegate from Guyana, Ms. Andrea Rother from the University of Cape Town, and Mr. Mark Davis from the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Meriel Watts speaking at OEWG2 technical briefing


13 December, 2014:

IPENers and other colleagues are now in Geneva to participate in the 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Technical briefings covering the overall orientation and guidance for achieving the 2020 goal of sound management of chemicals, highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), and a proposed new emerging policy issue (environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants) will take place on Sunday the 14th, and the OEWG2 will officially open on the 15th.

IPEN group OEWG2


10 December, 2014:

IPEN releases its Quick Views on OEWG2. (English / русский / Español / français / العربية)


The 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will be held in Geneva from 15 to 17 December 2014 and numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives will be attending. For more information (including an agenda, other meeting documents and the OEWG mandate), see the SAICM website.

The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC6) for the international Mercury Treaty took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 3 - 7 November, 2014, and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part. Please see below some information about IPEN's activities during the conference. 

7 November:

IPEN Press Release (Bangkok): The U.S. has led a push at the mercury treaty negotiations in Bangkok to further delay any global action on mercury contaminated sites. The sixth negotiating meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury has failed to live up to its title, which references the world’s most infamous mercury contaminated site in Minamata, Japan. The objective of the Convention is to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

Article 12 of the Convention urges signatories to endeavor to cooperate in developing strategies and implementing activities for identifying, assessing, prioritizing, managing and, as appropriate, remediating contaminated sites and assessing health risks.

Read the entire press release in Englishespañol and français

6 November:

IPEN-ZMWG SIde Event on Mercury Trade and Supply

This side event included presentations from Lee Bell (IPEN Mercury Policy Advisor), Yuyun Ismawati (BaliFokus, Indonesia), Richard Gutierrez (BAN Toxics, Philippines) and Peter Ayuk Enoh, Director of Standards and Control Department, Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, Cameroon. Amongst other items, presentations highlighted previous studies done on mercury inventories and trade in the ASGM sector, revealing that mercury enters countries through both legal and illegal channels. The side event also addressed who functions as mercury traders (dental clinics, pawnshops, gold buyers, and drug dealers), and focused on the needs to: improve tracking data so that surplus mercury from chlor alkali facilities and other sources are not re-exported for unpermitted uses; harmonize global data, labelling and tracking processes; educate customs control officers; and recognize and involve transit countries.

Yuyun Ismawati speaking at the mercury trade and supply side event

 

 

 

6 November:

IPEN Intervention on Artisanal and Small-Scale Goldmining (ASGM)

 

IPEN Mercury Policy Advisor Lee Bell giving an intervention on ASGM (Photo by Shahriar Hossain)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 November: 

IPEN and Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) held a press conference at the headquarters of the Thai Journalists’ Association. Some 20 newspaper and TV reporters attended. The event drew attention to the mercury pollution issues in Thailand, particularly mercury emissions from coal power plants and other industrial sources such as petroleum and gas production and waste incineration. The testimonies by community leaders from Krabi and Tha Tum provided first-hand accounts on how mercury pollution is affecting the public health and the environment due to the operation of coal plants, the top mercury emitter as per the Thai government’s inventory. Last year, EARTH, in collaboration with IPEN and the BRI, sampled human hair and fish in Tha Thum, which detected elevated levels of mercury above the US reference limit for hair and Thai limit for fish, compelling government agencies to investigate and subsequently form a tri-party monitoring committee.

At the press conference, EARTH chided the Thai government for failing to sign the Minamata Convention on Mercury and asked the authorities to immediately ratify it. EARTH likewise demanded for the inclusion of mercury in the pilot Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) project being implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Pollution Control Board in one industrial area.

Additionally, IPENer Tani Yoichi from the Collaboration Center for Minamata Disease Victims in Japan spoke about the Minamata mass mercury poisoning tragedy and the need for global action to prevent it from recurring elsewhere. 

IPEN expressed support for the health and well-being of the pollution affected villages, saying it is “concerned about the visible and invisible contamination impacting Tha Tum and many others,” as it “call(ed) on all governments to identify contaminated sites and protect families and their local environments from mercury pollution.” At the press conference and the ensuing interview with PBS TV, IPEN drew attention to three key action points for the government of Thailand, as well as for other governments, to act on: 1) ratify the mercury treaty, 2) identify mercury pollution sources and draw up action plans, and 3) apply the lessons of the Minamata tragedy.

News article in TCIJ Thai: เครือข่ายต้านมลพิษไทย- เทศจี้เร่งทำภาคยานุวัติ คุมสารปรอท  

Manny Calonzo, IPEN Co-Chair, at press conference (Photo by TCIJ) Penchom Saetang, EARTH Director, at press conference (Photo by TCIJ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 November:

IPEN Intervention and Position on Contaminated Sites 

3 November:

IPEN Intervention on Mercury in Supply and Trade

IPEN Opening Statement 

  

IPENers at INC6 IMEAP poster

IPEN members have participated as observers in the work of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Review Committee (POPRC) since its inception. The POPRC is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, B, and/or C.

Eighteenth meeting of the POPRC, 26 - 30 September, 2022

 

Seventeenth meeting of the POPRC, Online, 24 - 28 January, 2022

Sixteenth meeting of the POPRC, Online, 11 - 16 January, 2021

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee met virtually to discuss important additions to the chemicals listed in the Stockholm Convention. While IPEN is deeply disappointed that a decision on the flame retardant declorane plus (DP) was deferred, the committee decided to move forward on UV-238 and methoxychlor.

Read IPEN's press release

Fifteenth meeting of the POPRC, Rome, Italy, 1 - 4 October, 2019

IPEN and colleagues POPRC team in Rome


IPEN has convened an international panel of independent experts from the fields of fire safety, chemistry, policy, and remediation to present at this side event. The panel also offers the third in a series of papers about PFAS chemicals: sources of contamination, implications for public and occupational health, safe alternatives, and remediation.

This flyer provides for more details.

Time: Wednesday, 2nd October, 12:45-13:45
Location: FAO Headquarters, Philippines Room
Organized by: IPEN

Fourteenth meeting of the POPRC, Rome, Italy, 17 - 21 September, 2018

IPEN Co-Chair, Pamela Miller (front), and IPEN Advisors participate in the POPRC.

Vilma Morales Quillama, Peru, speaks to Joe DiGangi, IPEN Senior Advisor. Photo by Earth Negotiations Bulletin. 

Thirteenth meeting of the POPRC: Rome, Italy, 17 - 20  October, 2017

Twelth meeting of the POPRC: Rome, Italy, 19 - 23 September, 2016

 

 

Mariann Lloyd-Smith giving intervention at POPRC12 (Photo by John Wickens)

Ninth meeting of the POPRC: Rome, Italy, 14 - 18 October, 2013

Fifth meeting of the POPRC: Geneva, Switzerland, 12 - 16 October, 2009

Fourth meeting of the POPRC: Geneva, Switzerland, 13 - 17 October, 2008

IPEN representatives participated in the open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting and the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (the Diplomatic Conference, or "DipCon") on the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” in the second week of October, 2013 in Japan. Please see information about IPEN's activities during the conference below and via the tabs above.  

IPEN's closing statement, given to plenary on 11 October, 2013, by IPEN Co-Chair Manny Calonzo.

The mercury treaty is a victory because it represents a global consensus that mercury pollution presents a serious threat to human health and the environment. Now we need to get to work.

Manny Calonzo giving IPEN closing statement

A Call for Action in Minamata

by Joseph DiGangi, IPEN, for Environmental Health News

Determination takes on a special meaning here. Despite twisted limbs, tremors and confinement to wheelchairs, people afflicted by the world’s most infamous mercury poisoning still struggle for justice. As a new international mercury treaty is launched, they hope that no one ever again will suffer as they have. More....

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2013

The New Mercury Treaty: 3 Things That Need to Happen Now

(Kumamoto, Japan) The signing of the world’s first international mercury treaty by delegates from more than 100 countries should spur three key actions to reduce total mercury pollution, the International NGO IPEN said.

“The mercury treaty is a victory because it represents a global consensus that mercury pollution presents a serious threat to human health and the environment. Now we need to get to work,” said Joe DiGangi, IPEN’s Senior Science and Technical Adviser. “Some treaty provisions are legally-binding obligations and others require governments to “endeavor” to take action. This means that each government has a moral, if not a legal commitment to fully implement all treaty provisions.”

IPEN recommends three key actions as work on the treaty gets underway.

Read the entire release.

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2013

To Tackle ASGM, Mercury Treaty Should Apply Lessons from the Minamata Tragedy

(Kumamoto, Japan) The world’s first international mercury treaty should address mercury in artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) by applying the lessons from the Minamata tragedy, the International NGO

IPEN said today.

“Future Minamata’s are in the making, as we speak, in almost 80 developing countries, each with hundreds of small-scale gold mining sites. These sites are the largest source of mercury air emissions and intentional
mercury use in the world, and we are already seeing harm from mercury pollution in women, young children, families and communities,” said Yuyun Ismawati, Senior Advisor of BaliFokus, Indonesia and IPEN lead for ASGM/Mining issues.

Read the entire release.

For Immediate Release: October 8, 2013

Mercury Treaty Should Resolve Issues in Minamata City and at Future “Minamata” Sites around the World

(Kumamoto, Japan) The world’s first international mercury treaty should spur governments to make the name “Minamata” synonymous with the successful resolution of a serious health and environmental crisis, the international NGO IPEN said today. Issues raised by Minamata victims for nearly thirty years should be finally addressed, and all governments must act quickly to avoid future “Minamata” tragedies now developing in other parts of the world.

“The Mercury Treaty is particularly connected to Minamata because it specifically calls on governments around the world to learn and apply the lessons from the Minamata tragedy to prevent mercury poisoning in the future. But governments cannot be asked to implement the lessons from Minamata if those same lessons remain unresolved in Minamata,” said Joe DiGangi, IPEN’s senior science and technical adviser.

Read the entire release

 

Press conference 8 Oct.


Minamata Victims and Citizens issue a Petition to all governments concerning the Minamata Convention on Mercury 

 

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2013:

Make Minamata An International Model for Resolution of Environmental Crises

For More Information: Takeshi YASUMA, Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution (CACP), Japan

Email: ac7t-ysm@asahi-net.or.jp / Phone: +81-45-364-3123

(Minamata, Japan) The world’s first international mercury treaty offers Japan an opportunity to make Minamata an international model for how to resolve environmental crises, the International NGO IPEN said today. Speaking in Minamata on the eve of a diplomatic conference in Kumamoto that will adopt the “Minamata Convention,” senior science and technical advisor for IPEN, Joe DiGangi, said:

 “The Mercury Treaty is particularly connected to Minamata because it specifically calls on governments around the world to learn and apply the lessons from the Minamata tragedy to prevent mercury poisoning in the future. Unfortunately, the original tragedy is still not resolved.”

“With the Minamata name comes a special responsibility – and an opportunity to take actions so that the name Minamata is not only associated with a tragedy, but becomes a positive model in the resolution of the world’s worst case of mass mercury poisoning,” DiGangi continued.

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IPENers participated in the Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (the “ExCOP”) that began on 28 April in Geneva, Switzerland. Please see below for information about IPEN updates and activities throughout the Stockholm Convention part of the meeting, which is IPEN’s main focus.

For documents and information about the Basel and Rotterdam Convention meetings during the ExCOP, please go here.

IPEN group at COP6


 

 

 

Flame Retardant Banned, Stall on Asbestos and Paraquat

10 May 2013: UN meeting on chemicals moves forward on flame retardant ban, but stalls on asbestos and paraquat

IPEN highlights outcomes from the combined meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions and decisions on chemicals and wastes from more than 120 countries.

Read the press release.

See other press releases from the meeting here

Event on Alternatives to DDT in Malaria Vector Control

30 April, 2013: Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, Biovision Foundation and IPEN will host a side event on Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control today at lunchtime in Geneva.

 


Event on E-waste and Recycling Dumping

30 April, 2013: IPEN will host a side event on “Dumping E-waste & Recycling POPs- Are the Conventions Losing Control?” this evening (18:15) in Geneva (CICG building, room 16). The side event will address E-waste and recycling POPs, which are cross-cutting synergies issues relevant to the Stockholm and Basel Conventions. It will:
- Outline the global policy landscape
- Highlight key agenda issues at the Basel and StockholmCOPs
- Provide insights to the issues via a case study in Ethiopia


Event on Chemicals in Children’s Products

28 April, 2013: IPEN will team up with GRID Arendal in hosting a side event on Chemicals in Childrens’ Consumer Products on Wednesday, 1 May in Geneva.


COP6 Quick Views Release

22 April, 2013: In preparation for the upcoming conference, IPEN has released its “Quick Views of the Stockholm Convention’s 6th Conference of the Parties (COP6).” This document contains a summary statement of IPEN views on issues that COP6 will be called upon to address, such as Listing HBCD in Annex A; DDT; Exemptions and their evaluation; and other important topics. See numerous language versions of the “Quick Views” on the documents / positions page.

Stockholm Convention 5th Conference of the Parties (COP5)

The Stockholm Convention’s Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP5) took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 25 – 29 April, 2011. Representatives from numerous IPEN Participating Organizations attended and participated.

 

3 May, 2011: Debate over export of toxic flame retardant chemicals erupts at UN meeting

Africa pushes developed countries to stop the export of toxic flame retardant wastes that can cause nervous system damage in infants and toddlers New IPEN study highlights the presence of toxic flame retardants in carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA and other countries.

Read the entire press release.


29 April, 2011: Endosulfan to be Phased Out Globally

Gathered in Geneva for the Fifth Conference of the Parties this week, the nations of the world agreed to add endosulfan, an antiquated persistent insecticide, to the Stockholm Convention’s list of banned substances. Environmental health and justice organizations from around the world who have been working towards a ban welcomed the decision.

Read the entire Press Release Endosulfan


 




Keep the Promise Eliminate POPs

In preparation for the Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4), IPEN shared our perspectives with all delegates on each of the major issues at the meeting via our Quick Views of Stockholm Convention COP4. (English)
Chinese .pdf 160KB
Spanish .pdf 44KB

More documents related to COP4 can be found under the "documents" tab, above.

COP4 was a landmark event, as nine new substances were listed to the Convention. In addition, a wide range of ongoing implementation and reporting activities were reviewed and improved in order to keep the promise the international community made in 2001, when the Stockholm Convention was adopted. See IPEN's press release for COP4 under the "media" tab, above.

Global Indigenous Caucus

 


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