Intervention on Low POPs Content Delivered by Jindřich Petrlík, Program Director of the Arnika Toxics and Waste Programme and an IPEN Steering Committee member and expert on dioxin and POPs waste. May 1, 2023
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Listing of chemicals in Annex A to the Convention
The POPs Review Committee (POPRC) has determined that three persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic POPs are likely, as a result of long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, such that global action is warranted.
Three chemicals have been recommended by the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) to the 2023 Stockholm Convention Conference of the Parties for global elimination (Annex A listing). The POPRC has concluded that these chemicals are all likely, as a result of their long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects, such that global action is warranted. That is, these are some of the world´s most dangerous chemicals.
Work by IPEN members EARTH (Ecology Alert and Recovery Thailand) and Arnika was featured in a news report by PBS Thailand, focusing on their findings of high levels of POPs in duck eggs in Chachoengsao, eastern Thailand, a site close to an e-waste disposal factory.
IPEN has engaged in the science-to-policy (Science-Policy) discussions under the BRS and Minamata Conventions, SAICM, and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) for many years. In March 2022, UNEA adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a new Science-Policy Panel to support action on chemicals, waste, and pollution.
BANGKOK/PRAGUE – Recently published analysis confirmed that communities in the Chachoengsao province face severe food chain contamination with some of the world's most toxic chemicals caused by improper electronic waste processing. Samples of analyzed soil, sediments, and duck eggs, common food rich in nutrients, contained record levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) .