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The goal of the IPCP is to collect scientific knowledge about such chemical pollution problems and to provide summaries and interpretations of the available knowledge for decision makers and the public.
There are several major groups of chemicals: pesticides and biocides; pharmaceuticals; industrial chemicals such as solvents, flame retardants and plastic softeners; and unwanted by-products such as polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans. In total, there are several 10,000 chemicals on the market worldwide. Chemicals are released from many sources, enter the environment, reach food and drinking water of humans, and cause many types of adverse effects in humans and wildlife.
“Challenges for POPs monitoring – how can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evaluation under the Stockholm Convention (SC)?” was the topic of a side event organized by the IPCP at the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. read more
“State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012” is an update of the scientific knowledge on endocrine disruptors as part of the ongoing collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to address concerns about the potential health effects of chemicals on humans and wildlife. IPCP supports the initiative of WHO and UNEP and serves as a platform to advertise this relevant piece of information read more
In 2009, Rockström et al. published a paper on “A safe operating space for humanity” (include link). They covered 10 anthropogenic stressors of global relevance, such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, and also chemical pollution. Rockström et al. propose to define a “safe operating space for humanity” in terms of acceptable levels of these global stressors (“planetary boundaries”). They discuss thresholds for several of the stressors, but for chemical pollution they state that the threshold is still to be determined. read more
The IPCP is the executing agency for a SAICM QSP [URL SAICM QSP] Project in collaboration with the governments of Armenia, Chile and Ghana. The title of the project is “Training on risk assessment for chemicals at national level in a global context”. The project commenced in July 2010 and will end in September 2014. The final synthesis workshop will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2014. The project aims to make available various methods, tools and databases for chemicals assessment to interested stakeholders in the participating countries. read more