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A Toxics-Free Future


IPEN Urges UN Oceans Convention Delegates to Address Chemical Threats

The IPEN team this week will participate in the UN Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, to highlight the threats to oceans from toxic chemicals, including chemicals in plastics that pose threats to human health and marine life.

Plastics, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and heavy metals contaminate the oceans, and toxic chemicals spread via ocean currents to the most remote regions of the world. At the Oceans Conference, we will stress the need for global controls on toxic chemicals that are endangering human health and life under water.

In addition to participating in the Conference activities, IPEN is co-hosting two side events: “The Invisible Global Crisis: Exceeding the Limits of the Pollution Planetary Boundary,” co-hosted with the Centre for Sea and Society, and “A Plastics Treaty for our Oceans and our Health,” co-hosted with  EIA, Common Seas, and OceanCare. See more on our UN Oceans Conference page.