A Toxics-Free Future for All
Established in 1998, IPEN is registered as a public interest, non-profit organization in Sweden and is comprised of hundreds of Participating Organizations in over 100 countries, primarily developing and transition countries. IPEN brings together leading environmental and public health groups around the world to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment.
IPEN works in four primary areas:
Reducing and Eliminating the World’s Most Hazardous Chemicals.
IPEN played a critical role in shaping the first treaty to ban the world’s most dangerous chemicals – the Stockholm Convention– and remains influential in the implementation of this treaty as well as the Rotterdam and Basel Conventions and the recently adopted Mercury Treaty. IPEN identifies and advocates for adding new chemicals for elimination; brings new scientific information about harmful chemicals to treaty discussions; and builds the capacity of NGOs and governments to advocate for treaty provisions relevant to their national situations.
Promoting Stronger International Chemicals Standards.
IPEN raises the profile of sound chemicals management as an economic development strategy around the world; wins increased funding for chemical safety projects at the country level; exposes dangerous chemicals in products; and raises the profile of toxics issues previously not on the agenda for global attention, such as nanomaterials, endocrine disrupting chemicals, lead in paint, and toxic chemicals in the lifecycle of electronic products.
Halting the Spread of Toxic Metals.
IPEN’s Mercury-Free Campaign played a key role in strengthening the new global Mercury Treaty, adopted in 2013. IPEN’s Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign is working to eliminate the widespread production and use of lead paint in developing and transition countries.
Building a Global Toxics-Free Movement.
IPEN serves a global information source for a wide variety of audiences: NGOs, grassroots organizers, scientists, health officials, international officials, and governments, among others. Its international trainings and capacity-building work, publications, and media outreach have made it a “go to” source for emerging information on toxic chemicals and wastes.