For more information about CIEL's Chemicals Program, contact David Azoulay (Geneva) or Baskut Tuncak (Washington, DC).


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News from our Chemicals Program

July 2014 TTIP crosses the line on toxic chemicals for 111 NGOs
June 2014 Statement on Appointment of Baskut Tuncak as UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
June 2014 Economic benefits of tighter controls for endocrine disruptors outweigh hypothetical trade effects
May 2014 Proposed Plans for US/EU Trade Deal Would Weaken Health, Consumer, Worker, Environmental Protections
April 2014 CIEL & partners publish recommendations for the safer development of nanotechnology for the EU’s REACH regulation implementation.
March 2014 Asia-Pacific nano booklet launched at regional Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management meeting
March 2014 ECOS and CIEL launch a three-year project for the safe development of nanomaterials in Europe
March 2014 Chemical industry secretly manipulating US-EU trade negotiations (TTIP)
March 2014 Tell TTIP negotiators: Don't undermine progress on toxic chemicals!
November 2013 CIEL Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, hearing on the "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Achieving the Potential"
October 2013 CIEL statement on the signing of the mercury treaty
October 2013 Fracking Dispute Under NAFTA Highlights Potential Pitfalls of EU-U.S. Trade Agreement
August 2013 Latin American and Caribbean countries call for action regarding hormone disruption and pesticides
July 2013 CIEL to Testify Before US House Committee on Energy & Commerce on Health and Environmental Risks of US-EU Free Trade Agreement
July 2013 Submission for Subcommittee hearing on "Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation"
May 2013 U.S. unable to follow suit as global community agrees to eliminate toxic chemical
May 2013 Environmental, labor, and health advocates urge EU Commission to confront dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals
April 2013 Scientists urge UN to take action on chemicals in consumer products and pesticides
April 2013 CIEL Supports Introduction of the 2013 Safe Chemicals Act
March 2013 Civil society organizations urge President Obama for a timeout on natural gas exports until critical national economic, environmental and trade concerns are thoroughly analyzed and carefully addressed
March 2013 New CIEL report describes a stronger global system for toxic chemicals
February 2013 WHO-UNEP Report on endocrine disruptors highlights need for global action
February 2013 Stronger Laws for Hazardous Chemicals Spur Innovation
January 2013 EU Commission's proposed regulation on ship recycling is illegal under international and EU law
November 2012 "High Time to Act" - Civil Society Organisations present Proposal for a new horizontal Nano Regulation
October 2012 CIEL and its partners express deep concerns about the result of the EU Commission review of the legal framework for nanomaterials
September 2012 Global chemicals conference moves forward on nanotechnology and endocrine disrupting chemicals
September 2012 CIEL joins over 150 countries, and hundreds of civil society and industry representatives meet to negotiate progress on urgent issues in chemical safety under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Learn more about what CIEL is advocating for!
February 2012 Nanomaterials "Just Out of REACH" of European Regulations
November 2011 Negotiations on international chemicals management inch forward, and set the stage for a key conference in 2012
October 2011 CIEL welcomes new EU definition of nanomaterials as a necessary step towards assuring safety.
October 2011 October 2011 Basel Convention COP10 makes historic progress on preventing hazardous waste from being sent to the Global South
September 2011 Toxic wastes mandate renewed by U.N. Human Rights Council, despite resistance.
September 2011 CIEL Calls for the Human Rights Council not to abandon work on toxic wastes.
July 2011 UNEP release draft mercury treaty for thrid round of mercury negotiations.
June 2011 CIEL concludes 2011 Senate TSCA bill would enable U.S. leadership on global POPs treaty.
May 2011 CIEL reports on developments under the Stockholm Convention at COP5.
April 2011 CIEL applauds proposed overhaul of U.S. Chemicals law.
November 2010 CIEL and the European Environmental Bureau lead international NGO coalition to define nanomaterials.
June 2010 CIEL serves on secretariat at successful opening session of global mercury treaty negotiations.
May 2010 CIEL analyzes POPs provisions of twin chemical reform proposals in Congress.
April 2010 CIEL applauds proposed overhaul of U.S. law on chemicals.
February 2010 CIEL welcomes and supports African resolution on nanomaterials.
December 2009 CIEL Calls on Governments to Adopt Precautionary Mechanisms for Nanotechnologies.
December 2009 CIEL Joins Health and Environmental Advocates in Call for U.S. Leadership on Global Chemicals Pollution.
November 2009 CIEL testifies at congressional hearing on priorities for chemical safety.
May 2009 CIEL organizes Technology and Finance Workshops at D92 NGO Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and provides discussion papers on Technology Cooperation, Trade and Climate Change, and Legal Architecture.
May 2009 Climate Action Network urges the UNFCCC to include an effective technology transfer mechanism in the Copenhagen climate deal.
March 2009 The Friedrich Erbert Foundation and the Center for International Environmental Law cordially invite you to to a panel discussion and launch of the new publication Practical Approaches to Integrating Human Rights and Climate Change Law and Policy
February 2009 CIEL pushes for effective Technology Transfer at the Climate Change negotiations in Poznan, Poland: Report of the CIEL Panel discussion with civil society and clean technology business.
December 2008 CIEL addresses the Human Rights and Climate Change Interface in a Conference at WCL celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
November 2008 CIEL participates in OHCHR consultation on Human Rights and Climate Change.
October 2008 CIEL provides support for Maldives submission to UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.
May 2009 CIEL Plays Decisive Role in Global Chemicals Conference.
May 2009 CIEL reports on the listing of nine chemicals under the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
February 2009 CIEL Applauds Breakthrough Agreement on Mercury
February 2009 CIEL is pleased to announce that we have hired attorney David Azoulay to work with our Chemicals Program and to lead our new nanotechnologies project.
October 2008 CIEL joins launch of the NGO "SIN List 1.0" in Brussels.
October 2008 CIEL plays central role in October 10, 2008 recommendation of governments on a global policy framework to address the mercury pollution crisis.
September 2008 CIEL applauds adoption of Dakar resolution on the future of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS).
April 2008 CIEL supports secretariat at UNEP Mercury Partnership meeting, Geneva, 1-3 April 2008.
March 2008 CIEL, on behalf of the Government of Germany, prepares Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) thought starter exploring whether the mobility of lead and cadmium through international trade may warrant coordinated international action to protect human health and the environment.
March 2008 CIEL plays leading role in developing Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) background paper and draft resolution on the future of IFCS.
November 2007 CIEL prepares UNEP paper, "Analysis of Possible Options to Address the Global Challenges to Reduce Risks from Releases of Mercury" (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/OEWG.1/2), and serves as legal expert to the secretariat of the first Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Mercury.
August 2007 CIEL Criticizes Weak North American "Regulatory Cooperation" on Chemicals
December 2006 Political Deal on European Chemical Law Paves Way for Passage
October 2006 CIEL and IUCN-Canada to facilitate the 2006 UNEP North American Regional Civil Society Consultation in Washington, D.C., November 2-3 at the United Nations Foundation
September 2006 D.C. Circuit establishes dangerous precedent in upholding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's critical use exemption rule for methyl bromide
May 2006 CIEL forecasts brighter days ahead for reforming antiquated U.S. toxics law
April 2006 CIEL responds to questions about POPs legislation from Chair of House Subcommittee
March 2006 CIEL joins the International POPs Elimination Network in adopting the IPEN Dubai Declaration for a Toxics-Free Future
March 2006 With Congress clashing over rival bills to implement the global POPs treaty, CIEL releases analysis and testifies at House hearing
February 2006 CIEL and the American University Washington College of Law will co-sponsor a discussion on the current and future status of international chemicals regulation, February 22, 2006
February 2006 CIEL is participating in crucial meetings in Dubai to win support for a strategic approach to chemicals management around the world.
November 2005 CIEL responds to Parliamentary vote on REACH chemicals legislation.
November 2005 CIEL Facilitates the 2005 UNEP North American Regional Civil Society Consultation
September 2005 CIEL calls on Congress to demonstrate "essential elements of U.S. leadership" in implementing legislation for the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
August 2005 In consultation with Switzerland, CIEL produces a study on Principles and Approaches of Sustainable Development and Chemicals Management for the Preparatory Committee for the Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
July 2005 CIEL prepares study on Possible Options for the Establishment of a Financial Mechanism for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention, for consideration by Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure at COP2 in September 2005.
June 2005 New CIEL report spotlights progress by leading U.S. States on global pollutants, calls on Congress to ratify the international POPs treaty.
June 2005 CIEL unveils US POPs Watch, a new website dedicated to U.S. ratification of the Stockholm Convention.
May 2005 CIEL, a participating organization in the International POPs Elimination Network, joins IPEN in congratulating governments for a successful first meeting of the Stockholm POPs Convention
April 2005 New Studies Reveal Toxic Contamination Of Free-Range Eggs in 17 Countries;
International Meeting 2-6 May to Address Global Problem
September 2004 CIEL joins 41 environmental, health, and labor organizations urging Congress to support effective legislation to implement the Stockholm POPs Convention.
July 2004 CIEL and partners convince leaders of House Energy and Commerce Committee to delay consideration of POPs Implementation Bill
July 2004 In Testimony before Congress, CIEL calls on legislators to reject Republican proposals to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act, and to support a bill that will faithfully reflect the spirit and letter of the Stockholm POPs Convention
May 2004 CIEL Celebrates Entry into Force of Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty
April 2004 CIEL submits recommendations to the United Nations Environment Programme on the Terms of Reference for the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee.
April 2004 Eighteen of America's most prominent environmental organizations express deep concerns about the Bush Administration's approach towards implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
April 2004 CIEL confirms that Bush Administration's claims on constitutionality of proposed Stockholm Convention legislation have no basis in U.S. law.
March 2004 Public interest groups reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's February 25th draft amendments to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act that would implement the Stockholm POPs Convention.
March 2004 Environment and health coalition informs U.S. Congress about the importance of effective U.S. participation in the Stockholm POPs Convention.
February 2004 Persistent Organic Pollutants treaty achieves fiftieth ratification; Stockholm POPs Convention set to enter into force May 17, 2004.
February 2004 CIEL prepares comments on behalf of the Steering Committee of the International POPs Elimination Network for submission to the United Nations Environment Programme Chemicals Division on the current Draft Guidance to the Financial Mechanism of the Stockholm Convention.
January 2004 CIEL and other environmental and health groups release 10 principles to guide United States action on POPs under the Stockholm Convention.
October 2003 Environment and health NGOs circulate recommendations for amending the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to address persistent organic pollutants.
September 2003 CIEL prepares IPEN informational document to assist governments in the development of criteria to define "low POPs content" under the Stockholm POPs Convention.
September 2003 Public interest groups call on the U.S. Senate to create a meaningful adding mechanism for incorporating additional POPs pesticides into domestic legislation implementing the Stockholm POPs Convention.
June 2003 Environment and health organizations call on the U.S. Senate to include a timely and effective mechanism in pending domestic legislation that will enable the United States to regulate POPs Chemicals as they are added to the Stockholm Convention.
June 2003 CIEL joins the IPEN Steering Committee in preparing and submitting suggestions to UNEP regarding elements of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
June 2003 Sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence from Hazardous Chemicals.
September 2002 Environmental and health groups urge Senators Jeffords and Smith to reject an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act that would allow the importation of PCB wastes into the United States.
September 2002 National coalition of environmental, health, and indigenous organizations voices their support for POPs Implementation Act of 2002 introduced by Senator Jeffords.
February 2002 Public interest groups call on the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Stockholm POPs Convention fully by including provisions in proposed U.S. legislation that will allow EPA to regulate POPs that may be added to the Convention in the future.
January 2002 International Anti-toxics Groups Urge Canadian Government to Resist Industry's Challenge of Pesticide Ban (A U.S. press release prepared by the Pesticide Action Network is also available)
August 2001 Green Groups Call on USA to Ratify International Toxic Waste Dumping Ban as Part of Basel Treaty
June 2001 CIEL Attends Signing of Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty in Stockholm

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