GENEVA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Over 160 governments have agreed at a week-long
meeting in Geneva to ban or restrict nine more toxic chemicals, including
insecticide Lindane, the United Nations Environment Programme announced
The move brings the number of hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals
targeted for elimination under the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent
Organic Pollutants to 21.
"The tremendous impact of these substances on human health and the
environment has been acknowledged today by adding nine new chemicals to the
Convention," said UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Achim Steiner in
"This shift reflects international concern on the need to reduce and
eventually eliminate such substances throughout the global community," he said.
The nine chemicals now listed under the Convention are: Lindane, Alpha
hexachlorocyclohexane, Beta hexachlorocyclohexane, Hexabromodiphenyl ether and
heptabromodiphenyl ether, Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether,
Chlordecone, Hexabromobiphenyl, Pentachlorobenzene, Perfluorooctane sulfonic
acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride.