Welcome to the International POPs Elimination Network:
"IPEN is a unique global network of people and public interest organizations, which respects and enjoys a wide diversity of cultures, skills and knowledge. Together we share a common commitment to achieve a toxic-free future where chemical production, use and disposal does not harm people and the environment. We welcome you to the IPEN family to work together for the elimination of the world's toxic legacy and to ensure safe alternatives for the protection of all living things and the prevention of future contamination world wide."
Conference of the Parties (COP5):
The Stockholm Convention's Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP5) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 25 - 29
April, 2011. Representatives from numerous IPEN Participating Organizations will attend and participate.
Click here for IPEN COP5-New Webpage.
Click here for IPEN BFR Carpet Foam Press Release.
Click here for IPEN Survey of PBDEs in Recycled Carpet Padding Report.
New to the Issues?
See the Movie
View a 6 minute movie about IPEN and the threat of POPs
International POPs Projects
Learn from examples of NGO POPs Projects on the Ground.
What Are POPs?
Read about the impacts of the chemicals called persistent organic polluants or POPs.
What is the Stockholm Convention? Read about the Stockholm Convention and how it protects us all from POPs.
Envisioning a Toxics-Free Future
Read how IPEN groups all over the world are working for a toxics free future.
NGO Educational Guides to Key International Policies: Download educational booklets on POPs, Highly Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM.
These booklets are available in several languages, and provide a swift orientation of key international chemical policies and how NGOs can utilize agreements by the international community to protect their local communities from toxic threats.
IPEN Updates & Action
IPEN at INC2 The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC2) will be held in Chiba, Japan from 24 to 28 January, 2011.
Link to the IPEN INC2 page.
Chiba, Japan January 24 2011. Seventy-two NGOs from 42 countries today signed a statement of solidarity with Minamata victims' groups who insist that the ongoing tragedy must be properly addressed by the Government of Japan and the Chisso Corporation before the global mercury treaty can take the name the Minamata Convention in 2013.
Link to the IPEN Media Page
Learn about Mercury Pollution, New IPEN Mercury Book
IPEN has just
released "An NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution." This book
provides information about mercury pollution and its harm to human
health and the environment. The book also presents the major sources
of mercury pollution and calls for civil society efforts at the local,
national, and global level to work toward controlling human activities
that release mercury into the environment.
IPEN Mercury Book pdf 1.2MB
Mercury Book in Russian .pdf 3.26MB
Mercury Book in Spanish .pdf 2.19MB
Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants have increasingly attracted attention as a problematic class of chemical substances.
Now for the first time, nearly 150 scientists have assembled a comprehensive statement of concern about these chemicals which was recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Read the San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame.
Read the San Antonio Statement on the IPEN page with tranlations.
Endosulfan Ban Recommended by the POPRC Report
Quick Guide to IPEN Views on POPRC6 October 2010 Adobe .pdf 176KB.
Endosulfan in Brief by PAN and IPEN
Adobe .pdf 108KB.
IPEN Updates & Action Archive A list of all IPEN News and Updates by date.