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in Focus and Current Events
| Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention
The 2nd Stockholm Convention COP convened on 1-5 May 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Over 450 participants, representing more than 165 governments,
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies,
attended the session. Countries highlighted problems with controlling illegal transboundary movement of pesticides and a lack of awareness of risks of exposure to dangerous pesticides.
Progress was also made on developing a non-compliance regime to assist governments when they have difficulty meeting their treaty commitments, ensuring collaboration and synergies between the Stockholm Convention and its sister conventions on hazardous chemicals and wastes, and financing projects and activities for reducing POPs.
From the Stockholm Convention News Room and ENB's Report.
| New Programme to Eliminate Obsolete Pesticides From Africa
The first phase of the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP-P1) has been approved by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The continent-wide effort aims to eliminate the stockpiles of obsolete pesticides, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs), in Africa. Phase 1 countries include
Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa.
From World Bank / Africa Stockpiles Program
Expansion of Regulated Substances
under the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent
World governments have agreed to expand from
27 to 41 the number of substances regulated by the Rotterdam
convention on trade in dangerous chemicals. The treaty
requires exporters to seek prior informed consent (PIC)
from the importing country before shipping named substances.
and Agreed Actions of the Intergovernmental Forum on
Chemical Safety (IFCS)
IFCS is a unique, over-arching mechanism to develop
and promote strategies and partnerships among national
governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations on chemical safety.
|The Globally Harmonized
System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
In July 2003, the United Nations Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) formally adopted the GHS and authorized its translation
into official UN languages and dissemination throughout
the world. TheWorld Summit on Sustainable Development
and the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety set
a goal of 2008 for its implementation. Information is
available through UNECE's
UK Pesticides Safety Directorate Describes How Controls
on Pesticides Are Enforced
This well-organized Web site details the United Kingdom's
Safety Directorate's Compliance and Enforcement Framework,
including types of survelliance and examples of enforcement