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Indonesia to ratify Stockholm Convention

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Tue, February 3 2009   /  10:00 am

After around nine years of delay, the government looks finally set to ratify an international convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) this month. The Stockholm Convention on POPs attempts to curb the production and use of hazardous chemicals and pesticides around the world. State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Monday the ratification of the Stockholm Convention was urgently required to protect the environment, individuals’ health and the country’s economic growth. “We hope the House can agree to signing the ratification this month,” Rachmat said after a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VII overseeing environment and forestry Monday to discuss the ratification process. Indonesia signed the Stockholm Convention in 2001. Presently, 164 countries have signed the Convention, which was enacted internationall...