In 2009, recognizing the current impacts and continuing threats of ongoing mercury contamination, governments of the world agreed to start negotiations on a global, legally binding mercury treaty w
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The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international, legally binding agreement ratified by over 170 countries to address global chemic
Stockholm Convention on Toxic Chemicals (POPs)
IPEN's mission is a Toxics-Free Future for All.
Every baby everywhere in the world enters life with hundreds of toxic, man-made chemicals in their bodies. Since World War II, approximately 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been manufactured and released in the environment, with approximately 1,500 new chemicals being introduced each year. One US study found an average of 200 synthetic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.
For a Toxics-Free Future
IPEN is a global network forging a healthier world where people and the environment are no longer harmed by the production, use, and disposal of toxic chemicals.
Over 600 public interest NGOs in more than 122 countries, largely low- and middle-income nations, comprise IPEN and work to strengthen global and national chemicals and waste policies, contribute to ground-breaking research, and build a global movement for a toxics-free future.
Chemicals Hazardous to Human Health and the Environment:
Many toxic chemicals are too hazardous to safely produce and use. Some travel across the world via wind currents or international trade and are deposited without respect to national borders. Some chemicals can bio-accumulate in the food chain and others can remain in the environment for a long time. Growing chemical production means greater problems everywhere in the world. Some types of hazardous chemicals include:
• Pesticides, such as DDT, lindane and endosulfan
Globalizing Local Concerns, Localizing Global Policy
Because it works both internationally and with grassroots and national groups, IPEN is uniquely positioned to “connect the dots” between organizations and to identify, shape and leverage opportunities to eliminate toxic chemical hazards around the world.