Global day of action on POPs in Sudan.
In a one-day celebration of the Global Day of Action on POPs organized by SECS in Khartoum, NGOs, government officials, environmental agencies, media, members of the private sector and numerous stakeholders joined together with the aim of promoting awareness of the effects of POPs on human health and environment and to educate the public about the Stockholm Convention. POPs chemicals and their qualities of persistence and bioaccumulation were discussed. A detailed description of the Dirty Dozen and their common uses and sources were provided, including a discussion of POPs pesticides (aldrin, endrin, chlordane, heptachlor, DDT, mirex, dieldrin and toxaphene); industrial chemicals (hexachlorobenzene and PCBs); and by-products of incineration (dioxins and furans). The conference covered the sources and health effects of POPs and included outreach to news media. The conference highlighted the need to eliminate POPs substances and emissions, focused on the detrimental effect that POPs can have on human mental and physical health and cited the need to increase public awareness, enhance public policy and introduce alternatives to POPs.
One-day conference and celebration of the Global Day of Action on POPs