Call for concerted action to address highly hazardous chemicals
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, October 2, 2015: The Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management in Geneva today supported concerted action to address the problems posed by highly hazardous chemicals (HHP).

Noting that the hazardous pesticides is an issue of concern, the Conference in a resolution welcomed the offer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization to develop modalities for international coordination in the context of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals.

The conference placed emphasis on the need to promote agroecological alternatives instead of replacing them with another chemical pesticide.

Many delegates, particularly from Africa, the Arab region and Latin America, supported by PAN, IPEN and the international labour movement, proposed creating of a global alliance with a global phase-out goal. However, dissension from the pesticide industry and several high income countries prevented this from being agreed.

The resolution acknowledges that HHPs causes severe adverse effects on human health and the environment.

“We believe that the call for concerted actions to address HHPs would help developing countries to deal with the ongoing pesticide poisoning of people particularly children and contamination of the environment” said Sarojeni V. Rengam, Pesticide Action Network.

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