Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
The United Nations began to direct attention towards addressing POPs in the mid-1990s. Following a series of meeting, the UN identified the most serious POPs, a list called “the dirty dozen.” The dirty dozen includes six pesticides, three insecticides and three industrials wastes as follows: (1) pesticides: Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, Deldrin, Endrin, and Hexachlorbenzene; (2) insecticides: heptachlor, Mere, and Toxaphene; and (3) industrial waste: polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dioxins, and polychlorinated furans. Co-signatory nations to the agreement agreed to ban nine of these twelve chemicals. As with many other international environmental treaties, the United States refused to ratify the Stockholm Convention.
The text of the Convention may be found HERE.
Parties to the agreement and signatory nations may be found HERE.