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IPENers participated in the Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (the “ExCOP”) that began on 28 April in Geneva, Switzerland. Please see below for information about IPEN updates and activities throughout the Stockholm Convention part of the meeting, which is IPEN’s main focus.

For documents and information about the Basel and Rotterdam Convention meetings during the ExCOP, please go here.

IPEN group at COP6




Flame Retardant Banned, Stall on Asbestos and Paraquat

10 May 2013: UN meeting on chemicals moves forward on flame retardant ban, but stalls on asbestos and paraquat

IPEN highlights outcomes from the combined meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions and decisions on chemicals and wastes from more than 120 countries.

Read the press release.

See other press releases from the meeting here

Event on Alternatives to DDT in Malaria Vector Control

30 April, 2013: Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, Biovision Foundation and IPEN will host a side event on Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control today at lunchtime in Geneva.


Event on E-waste and Recycling Dumping

30 April, 2013: IPEN will host a side event on “Dumping E-waste & Recycling POPs- Are the Conventions Losing Control?” this evening (18:15) in Geneva (CICG building, room 16). The side event will address E-waste and recycling POPs, which are cross-cutting synergies issues relevant to the Stockholm and Basel Conventions. It will:
- Outline the global policy landscape
- Highlight key agenda issues at the Basel and StockholmCOPs
- Provide insights to the issues via a case study in Ethiopia

Event on Chemicals in Children’s Products

28 April, 2013: IPEN will team up with GRID Arendal in hosting a side event on Chemicals in Childrens’ Consumer Products on Wednesday, 1 May in Geneva.

COP6 Quick Views Release

22 April, 2013: In preparation for the upcoming conference, IPEN has released its “Quick Views of the Stockholm Convention’s 6th Conference of the Parties (COP6).” This document contains a summary statement of IPEN views on issues that COP6 will be called upon to address, such as Listing HBCD in Annex A; DDT; Exemptions and their evaluation; and other important topics. See numerous language versions of the “Quick Views” on the documents / positions page.

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