Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D9 / 19 July 2002

Call for Public Submissions on Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites public submissions on whether Australia should ratify two international agreements relating to hazardous chemicals.

The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade; and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants aim to protect people and the environment from particular toxic chemicals.

Australia signed the Rotterdam Convention in 1999 and the Stockholm Convention in 2001.

The Stockholm Convention includes obligations on Parties to reduce and eliminate production, use, trade, stockpiles, wastes and emissions of toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants.

The Rotterdam Convention facilitates information exchange by requiring Parties to share information about the characteristics of hazardous chemicals and pesticides, particularly when importing and exporting such chemicals.

Submissions should be sent to:

Assistant Secretary
Environment Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221
Australia

Submissions must be lodged by 21 October 2002. Further information about the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions can be found on the Department's webpage, http://www.dfat.gov.au/environment/haz_chem.html. Telephone enquiries: 02 6261 2335.