Stockholm POPs treaty stutters forward

Endosulfan has been added to the global treaty on dangerous chemicals, but little progress was made on non-compliance and POPs in recycled material.

The pesticide endosulfan has been added to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

The widely anticipated move had been resisted by India, the largest producer, until the closing stages of the fifth conference of parties (COP5), held in Geneva on 25-29 April. More than 600 participants from 130 nations attended.

But the treaty still lacks a non-compliance mechanism after delegates yet again postponed agreement on the matter until the next conference of parties in 2013.

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