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A Toxics-Free Future



Read more about IPEN's vision for the future of chemical safety in our Perspectives for OEWG-3 here.

Learn more about IPEN's activities during the OEWG-3 here.

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will hold its 3rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-3) from 2- 4 April, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay and IPEN will participate. SAICM is the only international agreement that addresses the full range of known and newly discovered health and environmental concerns associated with the production and use of chemicals. The 2006 decision that established SAICM expires in 2020 and now there is a global process (the "Beyond 2020" process) to determine what comes next.

The Beyond 2020 process has one required result: It must, “develop recommendations regarding measurable objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” In response, the IPEN Steering Committee adopted a one-page Toxics-Free Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pledge in October 2018 that explains actions for a toxics-free future that are essential for sustainable development. This reflects a series of papers on relevant Beyond 2020 topics developed by IPEN and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) in 2017, including measurable objectives in support of Agenda 2030.

IPEN and partner organizations put together a comic to tell you what you need to know about nanoparticles. 






Dans une lettre ouverte au gouvernement, la société civile presse les pouvoirs publics de mieux informer et agir sur les risques sanitaires et environnementaux entraînés par la présence de nanomatériaux dans de nombreux produits de consommation courante.

Alors qu’Emmanuel Macron a annoncé le 13 juillet le renforcement des efforts français dans le domaine des nanotechnologies [1] conformément aux demandes des industriels [2], les ONG impliquées dans le groupe de

Some IPEN Participating Organizations have joined others in sending a letter to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America to request that they correct the course they are on in the field of nano biotechnology and synthetic biology:


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(Geneva) – In today’s Declaration on Waste Containing Nanomaterials, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), ECOS, and the Oeko-Institut emphasize the importance of adopting and implementing preventive measures to protect people and the environment from possible hazards of manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) in waste streams. With the toxicity of nanomaterials still largely unknown, a tight control of waste containing MNMs is crucial.