Stockholm treaty on POPs to enter force
An international convention to eliminate production and environmental releases of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) will enter force on 17 May, 60 days after France became the 50th state to ratify the agreement made in Stockholm three years ago (EED 22/05/01). Most of the 12 POPs contained in a priority list will be banned immediately, except for DDT which is still considered essential to fight malaria in certain countries. The treaty also deals with safe disposal of obsolete toxic chemicals and pesticides. See UN environment programme press release and POPs pages.