Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites public submissions on
whether Australia should ratify two international agreements relating to hazardous
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
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:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221
Submissions must be lodged by 21 October 2002. Further information
about the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions can be found on the Department's
Telephone enquiries: 02 6261 2335.