Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Collection of materials related to negotiation and implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs

CELA has been continuously involved, on its own, and in collaboration with member organizations of the International POPs Elimination Network , in the effort towards an international treaty to eliminate persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Stockholm Convention on POPs was signed in May of 2001. In February, 2004, France became the 50th country to ratify the convention, at which point the world moved a momentous step closer to eliminating a "dirty dozen" of the most toxic substances including dioxins, PCBs and several pesticides. With 50 countries ratified, the Parties to the Convention are tasked with developing their National Implementation Plan (NIP) outlining how they will eliminate POPs in their respective countries.

The following collection includes detailed and summary publications and media releases related to CELA's efforts to see the POPs Treaty created, ratified, and implemented.

Media Releases

Toxic Chemicals Found in Canadian Toys & Consumer Products Made of Recycled Plastics: Health and Environmental groups urge immediate action by Canada to withdraw recycling exemption for toxic flame retardants under the Stockholm Convention
Canadian position at international chemicals meeting ignores consumer product contamination problems; is at odds with public health protection
Hazardous waste on your living room floor
Toxic chemicals used in lice treatments, flame retardants, stain and water resistance, and old pesticides targeted for global elimination under UN Agreement
Canada under fire for toxic fire retardants
Groups call for ban on all PBDEs
Environmental, Women's, Labour and Health Groups Around the World Call for Action to Save the Rotterdam Convention
CELA awaits Canada’s plan to meet international commitment on toxic chemicals
The Stockholm Convention - Backgrounder
Canada Must Build on Toxics Treaty
Groups Say Canada loses lead on toxics action
Canada Signs and Ratifies Stockholm Convention on Toxic Substances
Environmentalists urge Canada to push for strong international agreement to eliminate POPs


Intervenor Articles

Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 1 January - March 2000
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 1, January - March 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 2 - 3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 2 - 3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 4 September - December 2001
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002