Consideration of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Advances at World Chemical Safety Meeting
27 January 2015
International delegates at a global forum set up to achieve sound management of chemicals worldwide, have agreed to address the problem of highly hazardous chemicals (HHPs). This action comes nearly thirty years after the role of pesticides in widespread sickness and death throughout the developing world was first revealed.
“These pesticides have caused millions of deaths worldwide and cause serious harm to farm animals, wildlife and the environment. Decades of experience has shown that, despite numerous ‘safe use’ programs, the ‘safe use’ of HHPs is not possible. We are extremely pleased to see the world community finally taking control of these substances seriously,” said Meriel Watts, Pesticide Action Network (PAN).
Creation of a Global Alliance to Phase-Out of Highly Hazardous Pesticides was strongly recommended by the African delegation at the meeting, which was held in Geneva to prepare for the next International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) meeting, to be held in Geneva in 2015.