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A Toxics-Free Future

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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.

Joint Press Release: IPEN / PAN / Berne Declaration/ IUF

Industry representative deceives delegates by speaking on behalf of Guatemalan government. Failure to list will deprive countries of their right to know and to take informed decisions about import.

Geneva, Switzerland — IPEN congratulates governments for their provisional decision to globally ban production and use of the commonly-used flame retardant, HBCD. This historic consensus decision was made at the meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants by over 100 countries.

Press release from Eco Accord on how the Mercury Treaty will not address mercury pollution.

IPEN and other non-governmental organizations said that a new global mercury treaty is unlikely to reduce mercury releases, and may even result in increased mercury pollution at the close of treaty negotiations today. They also said that the proposed treaty name, “Minamata Convention”, dishonours those who continue to suffer from one of the worst cases of industrial mercury poisoning in the world.

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IPEN and Minamata survivor groups also asked delegates to name the treaty the “Mercury Convention”, instead of the proposed name, “Minamata Convention” – a reference to the site of the first well-­‐ documented incident of large-­‐scale mercury poisoning in a human population that occurred more than 50 years ago.


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