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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

INDIA's FIXATION ON ENDOSULFAN: India silent on endosulfan at Rotterdam Convention!


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President Noluzuko (Zukie) Gwayi and other members discuss Cuba's request to include text on financial and technical assistance in decisions to list chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention at the fifth conference of parties to the Convention, in Geneva on Tuesday. Photo: IISD Reporting Services
President Noluzuko (Zukie) Gwayi and other members discuss Cuba's request to include text on financial and technical assistance in decisions to list chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention at the fifth conference of parties to the Convention, in Geneva on Tuesday. Photo: IISD Reporting Services.

India is remaining silent on the listing of endosulfan under the Rotterdam Convention at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties which opened in Geneva on Monday.
The Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade requires exporting countries of listed chemicals to provide the importing countries with data on effects of the pesticide in advance so that the importing country could opt to reject or prohibit the imports.
The Convention agreed, in principle, to list endosulfan under the Convention. However, final decision had been delayed because Cuba would not agree to the listing unless decision included need for technical and financial assistance. An agreement might be worked out before the closure of the conference on Friday.
Meriel Watts, who is attending the Convention as representative of Pesticide Action Network (Asia-Pacific) said in an email message that the conference had already decided to list alachlor and aldicarb under the Convention.
India, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Sudan objected to listing of Chrysotile asbestos besides Zimbabwe and Russia which are non-members. So, a decision had been postponed until after discussion on how to deal with chemicals for which consensus could not be reached.
With heavy investments in PSU Fertiliser firms, the Government would rather protect the health of them rather than the people's health and environment!

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