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A Toxics-Free Future



Rotterdam COP6 / Basel COP11

Although IPEN’s main focus in the Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions was the work related to the Stockholm Convention, IPEN also participated in the Basel and Rotterdam Convention meetings (11th and 6th Conferences of the Parties, respectively), as did some of IPEN’s partners, such as Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Basel Action Network (BAN) and Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA), amongst others.

Media for COP5

Press release 3 May, 2011: Debate over export of toxic flame retardant chemicals erupts at UN meeting

Africa pushes developed countries to stop the export of toxic flame retardant wastes that can cause nervous system damage in infants and toddlers. New IPEN study highlights the presence of toxic flame retardants in carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA and other countries.


► A United Nations-backed coalition has voted to phase out the controversial pesticide endosulfan. The ban was agreed to in Geneva last week at a gathering of the Stockholm Convention, a treaty regulating persistent organic pollutants. Endosulfan is already banned or is being phased out in more than 80 countries, and environmental groups have long pushed for strict global standards on the pesticide, which is a known endocrine disruptor.