The Rotterdam convention on trade in dangerous chemicals still has no agreed rules on compliance mechanisms after parties last week held their second conference since the treaty's entry into force. The meeting confirmed serious disagreement over how non-compliance measures should be triggered and what consequences should flow from non-compliance. Another key issue is how new chemicals should be added to the treaty's prior informed consent list. Under the current requirement for consensus, a small group of countries is blocking the addition of chrysotile asbestos. See Rotterdam convention and meeting coverage from ENB.
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