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In preparation for the 11th meeting of the Stockholm Convention's POPs Review Committee (POPRC), this Quick Guide to IPEN Views on POPRC11 highlights IPEN's views on issues that the Committee will tackle at the meeting, including whether DecaBDE (extensively used as an additive flame retardant), dicofol (a chemical that kills mites that is structurally similar to DDT), short-chained chlorinated paraffins (used in metalworking, flame retardants, paints, adhesives and sealants, plastics and rubber etc.), and PFOA (the “Teflon chemical”) should move forward in the Convention evaluation process

This document is a summary statement of IPEN's views on issues that ICCM2 will be called upon to address, including:

  • Rules of Procedure
  • Evaluation of SAICM implementation
  • Coherence among international instruments
  • Modalities for reporting
  • Strengthening of national chemicals management capacities
  • Financial and technical resources
  • Emerging policy issues
  • Subsidiary bodies
  • Information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation
  • Cooperation with intergovernmental organizations

Endocrine disruption is an urgent issue of global concern. Global action on a chemical is warranted when a chemical presents an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment, the acts or omissions of certain countries may increase the risk of harm, and countries find it difficult to protect themselves unilaterally from the increased risk.

This document presents IPEN's perspectives on endocrine disrupting chemicals.

In 2009, governments of the world agreed to start negotiations on a global mercury treaty with the goal of finishing by 2013. After consultations and input from NGOs in all regions of the world, IPEN adopted its “Views on a Global Mercury Treaty” policy statement, which explains why a global treaty on mercury is needed and puts forward a civil society vision for the treaty.