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Tonga promotes a ” detoxified future ” in Geneva

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 01/05/2017

Representatives of Tonga and their Pacific counterparts are discussing and considering the listing of eight substances to become part of the ‘watchlist’, meaning that they cannot be imported without Prior Informed Consent.

Of the eight substances being considered, two – paraquat and chrysotile asbestos – are of particular relevance to Tonga and the Pacific island region.

The meeting is held in Geneva and discussions cover 3 conventions – Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm.

Representing Tonga at the Meeting are Lupe Matoto (Director of Environment, MEIDECC) and Mafile’o Masi (Chief Environmentalist, MEIDECC). They will be joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment, Hon. Siaosi ‘O. Sovaleni, and Mr. Paula Ma’u (CEO for MEIDECC), for the High Level Segment which commences on May 4, 2017.

Other issues included is the prevention and minimisation of the generation of waste under the Basel Convention, and the listing of chemicals for ‘elimination’ and ‘eventual elimination’ under the Stockholm Convention.

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