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|Our Planet april 2011
|Chemical Management and Marine Plastics
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How the international community manages its response to both the challenges and the opportunities presented by chemicals and wastes enters a new era this year.
Over the coming months the three principle treaties in the area ”” the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions ”” will streamline their operations and actions in new and potentially far-reaching ways. All three will adopt decisions, as part of reform measures, to enhance co-operation and coordination, maximizing their collective impact and so improving human health.
These new governance arrangements will be launched at the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants in Geneva in late April. They will then be agreed at the Rotterdam Convention in the same city in June and the Basel Convention in October in Cartagena, Colombia.
Among many other key issues to be decided at the Stockholm meeting is whether to list endosulfan ”” an insecticide, more than half a century old and which is banned in at least 60 countries because of health and other concerns. If it is, it will join a catalogue of some 22 persistent organic pollutants controlled under the treaty.
Meanwhile, endosulfan is being considered under the Rotterdam Convention ”” along with chrisotile asbestos and some other chemicals ”” for inclusion in the prior informed consent procedure which requires exporting Parties to obtain the support of importing ones for shipments of chemicals listed in its Annex III”¦”¦”¦.
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