PANNA: Resource Pointer #383: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Resource Pointer #383: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
May 3, 2005

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

The IPEN Global Week of Action & COP1 Handbook, 2005* International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). Published for the First Conference of Parties (COP1) to the Stockholm Convention on POPs in Uruguay May 2-6, 2005. This handbook outlines four critical topics of discussion at the meeting: minimizing POPs by-products, disposing of POPs waste, preparing national dioxin inventory, and adding additional POPs to the convention. Also includes information on the IPEN “Keep the Promise” campaign, which urges nations to fully implement the treaty. Available as a free download at: Contact IPEN International Coordinator, Bjorn Beeler; phone +1 (202) 785-8700; email Contact website

*Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Global Issue, A Global Response, 2002* US EPA. This booklet was created to raise awareness about the health and environmental impacts of (POPs), to show what actions the United States and some other countries have taken to address these pollutants, and to describe the actions set into motion by the Stockholm Convention to address this issue globally. 23 pages. Available as a free download at Contact U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of International Affairs (2610R), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460; phone (202) 564-6613; fax (202) 565-2411 or (202) 565-2408; email; website

*Ban Lindane Now! Web site*, an organochlorine pesticide is a candidate for addition to the list of banned chemicals under the Stockholm Convention because of its persistence in the environment and in people. This website contains information about lindane, safer alternatives, targeted state campaigns to ban the chemical, and ways to get involved. Contact Pesticide Action Network North America, 49 Powell Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 981-6205; fax (415) 981-1991; email (Our main PANNA web site is currently offline. We anticipate it to be available again by Wednesday, May 4, 2005.)

*Stockholm Convention: New POPs, Screening Additional POPs Candidates, 2005* World Wildlife Fund. Lists 20 chemicals that WWF recommends for addition to the Stockholm Convention. The report focuses on how specific POPs–pesticides, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds–meet the screening criteria. All POPs share four characteristics: they are toxic; they are persistent; they accumulate in body fat; they can travel great distances. Available as a free download at Lin Li, World Wildlife Fund; 1250 24th Street, NW; Washington DC 20037; phone (202) 778-9627; fax (202) 530-0743; website; email

*Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), 2005* website The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) official web site for the POPs Programme contains meeting documents for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) and subsidiary bodies, plans and guides for implementation, and registries of chemicals listed under the treaty. Can be viewed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Contact Secretariat for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 11-13 Chemin des Anemones, 1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland; phone +4122 917 8191; fax +4122 797 3460; email

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