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A Toxics-Free Future



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.

Today, a group of influential scientists called for swift action by the UN system to prevent harm from a wide variety of synthetic chemicals in consumer products and pesticides that play a role in increased incidences of reproductive diseases, cancer, obesity, and type-2 diabetes worldwide.The scientists include authors of a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which underlines the urgent need for global action to address the dangers of hormone or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).