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BRS COPs 2023

From 1-12 May, IPEN members will participate in the Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.  Check this page for updates throughout the meetings.

IPEN and its members have been contributing to the development of the Stockholm Treaty since its inception in 2001. The Treaty aims to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, such as pesticides, industrial chemicals, and their toxic by-products. We have also contributed to the Basel Convention and its work to protect human health and the environment from toxic waste, and to the Rotterdam Convention’s work on the international trade in hazardous chemicals.

IPEN welcomes listing of plastic chemicals but warns of toxic exemptions

Read the press release.

Open Letter to the Rotterdam Convention

Read the letter signed by IPEN with 40 civil society groups.

On day one, IPEN applauds listing of toxic pesticide

On the first day of negotiations, the Stockholm Convention reached a decision to add the pesticide methoxychlor to its Annex A list of substances for global elimination, without exemptions.

Methoxychlor is an organochlorine pesticide that is used as a substitute for DDT in agriculture and veterinary medicine. As María Cárcamo of RAPAL Uruguay noted in her intervention for IPEN during the plenary, the chemical shows "genotoxicity, reprotoxicity, and immunotoxicity, providing a strong basis for consensus among parties to list methoxychlor in Annex A for global phase-out without exemption."

IPEN supports the recommendation to list two other chemicals - the plastics additive UV-328 and the flame retardant Dechlorane Plus (also commonly used in plastics) - on the list of hazardous persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that meet the criteria for global elimination, without exemptions.  

Click the links above for our Quickviews, Resources, Interventions during the negotiations and more.

Side Events Hosted by IPEN

Why Low POPs Content Level Matters
Monday, 1 May at 6:15-7:45 p.m.

See the presentations here.

Plastics and Chemicals Under the Stockholm Convention:
Impact on the ground and potential synergies and gaps in relation to a future plastics treaty 
Thursday, 4 May at 6:15-7:45 p.m.  

See the IPEN presentations here


PCB Elimination by 2028: 
Potential of non-combustion destruction technologies
Friday, 5 May at 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. 

See the presentations here.


Connecting the Dots: Youth and the National Implementation Plans (NIPs)
Tuesday 9 May, 6:15-7:45 pm.
Room 3
Co-organized by AKO Foundation, IPEN, Africa Youth Alliance for chemicals and Waste (AYACW)

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