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Thursday, June 23, 2011

India leads group to broker consensus on listing of asbestos under Rotterdam Convention!

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Indian delegates at Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention,
meeting in Geneva.
Indian delegates at Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, meeting in Geneva.  Courtesy: IISD Reporting Services.

Canada is stalling listing of chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) at the Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent, meeting in Geneva, whereas India changed its stand and supported listing on Wednesday.
Listing will mandate exporting countries to provide data on the mineral in advance to importing countries to enable them to take informed decisions on imports. Exports will be permitted only to countries that explicitly consent to imports.
Canada, which exports large quantities of white asbestos to developing countries including India, said it would not join a consensus. India announced that it had reconsidered its opposition to listing and agreed to chair a small breakout group to continue discussions with opponents to listing about their specific concerns.

India should also undertake to ban Endosulfan and other harmful chemical farm inputs!

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