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02 May 2005

CIEL Applauds Global Leadership on Toxics Treaty

PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay - The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) congratulates all participating nations on the historic occasion of the first Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). This treaty represents a major international commitment to take action on some of the most dangerous chemicals.

“Governments will make some important decisions at this first meeting of the POPs Convention,” explains Glenn Wiser, CIEL Senior Attorney and an expert on this toxics treaty.  “These include key decisions about how the treaty will work, and the rules for regulating additional POPs in the future.” 

However, the Bush Administration will not be participating in those decisions. “The United States doesn’t have a seat at the table at COP1 because we haven’t ratified the POPs Convention.  It’s time for the Bush Administration and the Congress to get serious about protecting people—especially children and tomorrow’s children—from these dangerous chemicals.”

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a nonprofit organization using international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.  In Washington, DC, CIEL leads the U.S. NGO effort to ratify the POPs Convention, coordinating public interest groups throughout the United States and working with members of the Congress to ensure that the United States lives up to the letter and spirit of the treaty.  CIEL also houses the Secretariat for the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global alliance of several hundred environmental and health advocates worldwide, and serves as IPEN’s legal advisor.