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Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was adopted on 22nd May 2001, to "Protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants". India ratified the Stockholm Convention on POPs in 2006 and subsequently came out with the National Implementation Plan in 2011 to act on the twelve POPs which was accepted at the first phase. Therefore post National implementation plan 16 new chemicals were added to the Stockholm Convention. Which are also needed to be addressed to expand the horizons of the POPs regulation in the country so that the chemicals can be regulated and managed. In this context Toxics Link has undertaken a project to develop a Country Situation of POPs in the country to identify the inventories, stockpiles, regulation on POPs in the country and environmental and health studies in Indian context. Though there has been steps being taken by the concern Ministry to notify POPs but it has its own shortcomings, which needs to be addressed in order to expand the horizons of the POPs regulation in the country. Toxics Links Country Situation Report will give an overview about the present scenario of POPs management in India and their implementation mechanism, key institutional structure in place to manage these POPS in India. This report will recommend the policymakers on future actions to address the challenges of POPs management in the country. In this context Toxics link is proposing one day meeting involving cross section of the stakeholders at New Delhi on 5th February 2018 to discuss the following objective: 1. To indentify gaps in implementation in present POPs management in the country. 2. To Suggest and recommend the policymakers on future actions for POPs management. We believe your valuable inputs will have immense help in this deliberation to take the issues forward. We would highly appreciate a line of confirmation in this regard.

About Toxics Link

Toxics Link is an Indian environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996, engaged in disseminating information to help strengthen the campaign against toxics pollution, provide cleaner alternatives and bring together groups and people affected by this problem. Toxics Link’s Mission Statement is “Working together for environmental justice and freedom from toxics.” We have taken upon ourselves to collect and share both information about the sources and danger of poisons in our environment and bodies, and information about clean and sustainable alternatives for India and the rest of the world.

Details of the Inception Meeting on POPs

Date – 5th February, 2018 (Monday)

Time – 11 AM to 3 PM

Venue – Indian International Center, Committee Room No. 2, Annex Building

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