POP Air Pollution Protocol

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Map showing Persistent Organic Pollutants signatories (green) and ratifications (dark green) as of July 2007

The Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an agreement which provides for the control and reduction of emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in order to reduce their transboundary fluxes so as to protect human health and the environment from adverse effects.[1] Authors and promoters of the POPs Air Protocol were the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which at the time housed 53 different country members and alliance.

The Aarhus Convention[edit]

The Executive Body, governing members at the Aarhus Convention in Aarhus, Denmark, adopted the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on 24 June 1998. The convention purposed a layout of responsibilities of tackling environmental pollution on a national and regional level. Striving for public participation in order to justify empowerment on decision making, the shift toward more of a mindset of environmental responsibility began. The environmental document focuses on a list of 16 substances that have been singled out according to agreed risk criteria.[2] The substances comprise eleven pesticides, two industrial chemicals and three by-products/contaminants. The Protocol assigned the arrangements for proper disposal of waste products deemed banned and limited, including medical supplies.[3]

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