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Citizens’ Report: IPEN Implementation of SAICM 2009-2012
Citizens’ Report: Implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) by IPEN Participating Organizations 2009–2012
Overall, the 2012 IPEN Citizens’ Report documents more than 300 activities conducted by IPEN Participating Organizations in 50 countries that relate to SAICM implementation. The activities include work on 146 of the 273 items in the SAICM Global Plan of Action (GPA) and all five principal SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy Objectives: risk reduction, knowledge and information, governance, capacity building, and illegal traffic. IPEN interventions have ranged from local activities to national and international work. These activities cover a wide variety of issues including: monitoring products, food, paint, and humans for toxic metals and chemicals; promoting substitution with safer alternatives; implementing ecological agriculture; addressing toxic chemicals in manufacturing and wastes; public awareness-raising for vulnerable groups; the characterization of hotspots; and work to eliminate illegal traffic of chemicals and wastes.