International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of more than 700 public interest non-governmental organizations working together for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants, on an expedited yet socially equitable basis. This mission includes achieving a world in which all chemicals are produced and used in ways that eliminate significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, and where persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of equivalent concern no longer pollute our local and global environments, and no longer contaminate our communities, our food, our bodies, or the bodies of our children and future generations.

Company details

PO Box 7256 , Göteborg, , SE-402 35 Sweden

Locations Served

Business Type:
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Industry Type:
Health and Safety
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1998

The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of more than 700 public interest non-governmental organizations working together for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants, on an expedited yet socially equitable basis. This mission includes achieving a world in which all chemicals are produced and used in ways that eliminate significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, and where persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of equivalent concern no longer pollute our local and global environments, and no longer contaminate our communities, our food, our bodies, or the bodies of our children and future generations.

In order to advance our mission IPEN Connects, Collaborates, Contributes and Creates Change:

  • Connects: By bringing together non-governmental and civil society organizations from around the world who share the same vision for a toxic free future and have the common goal of toxics elimination;
  • Collaborates: By sharing our experience, ideas and expertise to raise awareness of toxic chemical issues and build the capacity to resolve them.
  • Contributes: By identifying local, national and regional public interest chemical issues and elevating them into the global chemical policy arena via interventions in relevant international forums; and
  • Creates Change; By putting policy into practice; helping our participating organizations educate and empower their communities to enable the implementation of policies and projects that reduce the chemical load on people and the planet.

The International POPs Elimination Network is a global network of public interest non-governmental organizations united in support of the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).An NGO can become a participating organization of IPEN by endorsing the Stockholm and Dubai Declarations.

The International POPs Elimination Network is made up of over 700 public interest health and environmental organisations from more than 80 countries who support a common platform for the global elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants. The participating organisations (PO) of IPEN are those NGOs who have endorsed the IPEN Stockholm Declaration and the IPEN Dubai Declaration for a Toxic Free Future.

IPEN currently has Participating Organizations in the countries listed below. If you would like information about specific NGOs, please contact the IPEN Secretariat (ipen@ipen.org).

IPEN Regional Hubs act as Regional Focal Points in Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia, and the Middle East. Regional Hubs coordinate and communicate with IPEN Participating Organisations in their geographic regions, and report to the Network on the regions' needs, activities, and perspectives.

In 2008, IPEN is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

IPEN was launched in June 1998 at the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a POPs Convention in Montreal, Canada.

Since its inception early in 1998, IPEN has:

  • Developed a POPs Elimination Platform, which summarizes some of the key findings about POPs' effects on the environment and human health and outlines the core principles that should be embodied in a global POPs agreement. At the conclusion of Convention negotiations, IPEN Participating Organisations reaffirmed their joint commitment to continue to work collectively to implement the POPs Convention by signing the Stockholm Declaration;
  • Gained the participation of non-governmental organizations on six continents through their endorsement of the IPEN platform. IPEN continues to grow, and expects to gain the endorsement and participation of hundreds of NGOs around the world in the coming months;
  • Convened NGOs, activists, and scientists for conferences that coincided with all POPs treaty negotiating sessions. IPEN was formally launched with a public forum at the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC1) in Montreal in June 1998. In January 1999, the network brought together representatives from around Africa for INC2 in Nairobi, Kenya. In September 1999, INC3 was held in Geneva, Switzerland. INC4 was held in Bonn, Germany in March 2000 and the final negotiating session was held in December 2000 in Johannesburg, South Africa;
  • Established an organizational and governance structure consisting of a provisional Steering Committee, Secretariat, and two Co-Chairs. IPEN's current Co-Chairs are Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, of the National Toxics Network in Australia, and Prof. Jamidu Katima, of AGENDA in Tanzania;
  • Created Regional Focal Points in Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia, and the Middle East. Regional Focal Points coordinate and communicate with IPEN Participating Organisations in their geographic regions, and report to the Network on the regions' needs, activities, and perspectives;
  • Launched 3 Working Groups. In May 2001 IPEN established 3 Working Groups. Working Groups focus on specific activities related to POPs treaty implementation. These Working Groups are the Pesticides Working Group with a secretariat located in the office of Thanal in India; the Dioxin Wastes and Stockpiles Working Group, located at Arnika in the Czech Republic, and the Community Monitoring Working Group, located in the National Toxics Network in Australia; and
  • Maintains an email listserve, mailing lists, and website for communication about POPs issues and the activities of IPEN and its Participating Organisations.