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A Toxics-Free Future

Colobmia GDA

Global day of action on POPs in Colombia.

This report documents NGO Rapalmira's coordination of the conference, "Environmental and Health Effects of POPs," held on April 21, 2005. There, an executive summary of the global egg study was distributed along with stickers with the campaign logo, "Keep the Promise, Eliminate POPs," and additional information about POPs. Issues examined and discussed included the government's proposed incineration of organochlorine pesticides in cement kilns, as well as plans to use stored DDT in the cities of Honda and Bogota. The problem of open burning of domestic wastes (including PVC plastics) as a source of POPs was raised. Inclusion of the insecticide endosulfan, (still illegally used on coffee crops in Colombia) as a possible new POPs pesticide was also highlighted. Lastly, the NGOs in attendance encouraged the Government of Colombia to ratify the Stockholm Convention.

Organization of "Environmental and Health Effects of POPs" conference
Distribution of stickers and extensive information about POPs