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WECF: Disappointing results of COP6 in Geneva, not listing chrysotile asbestos

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) expressed disappointment at the results of the recent Rotterdam Convention conference in Geneva as it did not add chrysotile asbestos to the Convention’s list of hazardous substances.

For the fourth time, a group of countries blocked the adding of chrysotile asbestos, even though the Convention´s expert scientific committee has repeatedly recommended that it should be on the list.

The Convention requires that countries practice responsible trade by obtaining prior informed consent before they export hazardous substances to another country, but these countries are practising irresponsible trade and hiding the hazards of chrysotile asbestos. Many people have developed cancer from asbestos exposure.

As well as civil society, the vast majority of parties to the Rotterdam Convention are dismayed highlighting the in-depth research and understanding of the current and future health and environmental costs of inaction on this product.

Originally posted on 7 June 2013

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