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SUNS 4629 Monday 20 March 2000

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Health: WHO cautions against immediate ban on DDT (Someshwar Singh, Geneva)

Caribbean: Fears over tariff solution to US-EC banana war (IPS, Brussels)

Trade: Russia, China move closer to Oil pipeline deal (IPS, Moscow)

Asia: US and Vietnam look into the future (IPS, Hanoi)

Trade: Tug-of-war between State Governors in Argentina, Brazil (IPS, Buenos Aires)

Guyana: Opposition against spaceport deal strengthens (IPS, George Town)

Australia: Mandatory jail laws divide ruling coalition (IPS, Darwin)


HEALTH: WHO CAUTIONS AGAINST IMMEDIATE BAN ON DDT

Geneva, Mar 17 (Someshwar Singh) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday took a clear stand against any immediate ban on the use of DDT, an issue likely to be debated again next week in Bonn as part of efforts to reduce risks from highly dangerous chemicals.

The fourth meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), to be held in Bonn from 20-25 March, is aimed at a legally binding treaty to combat the threat of 12 POPs, including DDT, to the environment and public health.

A significant reduction in the use of DDT, if not its virtual elimination, is sought by the treaty. The current draft of the treaty includes exemptions which would allow countries to continue using the pesticide for public health purposes, as well as provisions for technical and financial support to DDT dependent countries to help them reduce their reliance on this persistent organic pollutant.

 


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