International Actions to Protect Health & Environment: A Report from the Stockholm Convention on POPs
May 20, 2017 @ 9:00am (AKDT)
The Stockholm Convention is a living treaty that recognizes the need to take global action on chemicals that are of concern because of their persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range environmental transport, and toxicity. The Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention met in Geneva, Switzerland at the end of April. The treaty’s expert scientific committee recommended three chemicals for global elimination because of the evidence showing that they are likely to lead to significant adverse effects on human health and/or the environment.
Listen to the podcast to learn why these chemicals are of particular concern to Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic and to hear a first-hand account of what happened at the eighth Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (COP8) in Geneva where delegates meet every two years to make decisions regarding the worldwide production and use of the world’s most dangerous chemicals.
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IPEN Press Release: At UN meeting, governments grant unprecedented continued use of toxic chemicals found in children’s toys
IPEN Press Release: At UN meeting, Canada and Chile stand alone trying to legitimize e-waste dumping and promote recycling of toxic chemical into children’s products
Anchorage Daily News Article: An Alaskan’s fight to ban the chemical that poisoned her childhood (April 19, 2017)
Rochelle Diver, San Francisco Office Director, International Indian Treaty Council
Pam Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics. Full bio
Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health & Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics. Read full bio