U.N. Talks Clinch Text for Toxic Chemical Treaty

The agreement to immediately ban 12 persistent organic pollutents represents a major victory for environmental diplomacy after the collapse of recent talks on curbing global warming.

Published: 10-Dec-2000

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - Delegates from more than 120 countries Sunday clinched agreement on the text of a treaty to curb or ban some of the world's most dangerous pollutants.

"We have our convention," United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) spokesman Michael Williams told Reuters after the delegates held marathon talks into the early hours of Sunday morning to finalize the text.

The talks, held under the auspices of UNEP, were the fifth round on banning persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, 12 of which have been singled out for urgent attention.

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