The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty
to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in
the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically,
accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts
on human health or on the environment. Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants
(POPs) can lead to serious health effects including certain cancers, birth
defects, dysfunctional immune and reproductive systems, greater susceptibility
to disease and damages to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Given
their long range transport, no one government acting alone can protect its
citizens or its environment from POPs.
In response to this global problem, the Stockholm Convention, which was
adopted in 2001 and entered into force in 2004, requires its parties to take
measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.
Français: Convention de Stockholm