UN reaches decision on waste

180 member governments of the UN have voted to adopt a number of decisions aimed at protecting human and environmental health from the impacts of chemicals and waste.

Meeting in Geneva, the ember nations agreed to tackle the major environmental concern of the 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the world’s oceans.

The agreement saw the amending of the Basel Convention to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework which will make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated.

Included in the agreement is the targeted elimination of two toxic chemical groups, which together total about 4,000 chemicals, listed into Annex A of the Stockholm Convention, namely Dicofol and Perfluorooctanoic Acid.

“We were able to list two out of 7 candidate chemicals and will continue working closely with parties to identify feasible alternative solutions to hazardous pesticides, taking due account of food security and market access aspects” added Hans Dreyer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention.

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