IITC delegate Danika Littlechild, Ermineskin Cree Nation, works with Karl Tupper, Pesticides Action Network, to achieve the international ban on endosulfin at the Stockholm Convention  on Persistent Organic Pollutants 5th Conference of the Parties, April 2011, Geneva Switzerland

IITC delegate Danika Littlechild, Ermineskin Cree Nation, works with Karl Tupper, Pesticides Action Network, to achieve the international ban on endosulfin at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants 5th Conference of the Parties, April 2011, Geneva Switzerland

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.

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.