Acknowledging that the Arctic ecosystems and indigenous communities are particularly at risk because of the biomagniﬁcation of persistent organic pollutants and that contamination of their traditional foods is a public health issue —Preamble, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Reconociendo que los ecosistemas y comunidades indígenas árticos están especialmente amenazados debido a la biomagniﬁcación de los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes y que la contaminación de sus alimentos tradicionales es un problema de salud pública —Preambulo, Convenio de Estocolmo sobre Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (COP)
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is a living treaty created to remove known and potential persistent organic pollutants from global use. The Stockholm Convention has been ratified by 179 nations. Notably, the United States has not ratified the treaty and therefore is not a “party” to the treaty.
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Chemicals Banned Under the Stockholm Convention
The 2001 Stockholm Convention identified twelve chemicals known as the “deadly dozen” to be removed from worldwide use. These include DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, furans, and the pesticides aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), mirex and toxaphene.
The Convention is based on the precautionary principle. Its real strength is the inclusion of provisions to add new POPs chemicals that meet scientific criteria for persistence, bioaccumulation, adverse effects, and long-range transport.
Interventions, Presentations, etc. // Intervenciones, presentaciones, etc.
- Toxic pesticide globally banned after unprecedented vote at UN meeting on chemicals: Alaska-based and international Indigenous organizations play key role in decision of Stockholm Convention in Geneva, May 2015
- Indigenous Caucus Collective Statement for Agenda Item 5(e) presented at ExCOP/Stockholm Convention COP 7, Geneva, Switzerland on May 7, 2015
- Stockholm Convention COP 6, Geneva, Switzerland April 28-May 10, 2013 International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Closing Statement Presented by Berenice Sanchez-Otomi Nahua Mexico
- Convenio de Estocolmo, COP 6, Ginebra, Suiza 28 de abril a 10 de mayo de 2013 Consejo Internacional de Tratados Indios (CITI), Ponencia de clausura presentando por Berenice Sánchez Lozada, Indígena Nahua-Otomí de México
- Killer Pesticide Endosulfin to be phased out Globally, press release by IITC, PANNA, IPEN and ACAT, April 29th, 2011
- National Congress of America Indians resolution calls for US ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), October 2009
- What is Lindane”, IITC handout to build Indigenous Peoples’ support for the international ban achieved at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants 4th Conference of the Parties, April 2009
- Resolution from the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations supporting the international ban on Lindane, January 2009