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U.N. launches "Safe Planet" campaign in Ministerial Environment Forum

BALI, Indonesia, Feb. 24 — The United Nations on Wednesday launched "Safe Planet Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes" on the sidelines of the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nusa Dua of Bali province in Indonesia.

Fatoumata Keita Ouane, United Nations Environment Program's Senior Scientific Officer of Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, said that countries must not delay to act now collectively.

"We hope that everybody could join the campaign for a better world," said Ouane at a press conference. Nao Badu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Papua New Guinea's National Economic and Fiscal Commission, said that countries must not only cooperate in national or international level but also in various public policies.

"This is a serious issue and we have to do something related to it," Badu said.

According to the UNEP's data, there are 80,000 chemicals used in industry and commerce, and there are several thousands high production volume chemical, meaning many chemicals have potential to enter people's bodies.

The campaign has invited high-profile individuals and international experts to engage in a dialog on how human bio-monitoring information can support the Millennium Development Goals and the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2020 target to achieve sound management of chemicals and wastes.

The campaign also highlighted the concrete measures and solutions to the growing problem that are available through initiatives undertaken by three leading global chemicals and wastes management instruments – the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. (PNA/Xinhua)


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