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Overview of the HHP Global Action Plan and way forward

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Overview of the HHP Global Action Plan and way forward, which took place on 21 October 2020.

Presenter: Dr Baogen Bu (FAO)

Despite the success of many actions to eliminate Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), they continue to pose unacceptable risks. HHPs disproportionately account for the negative impacts of pesticides on human health and the environment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where they are a barrier to sustainable development. Evidence indicates that reducing or mitigating these impacts would significantly reduce the negative impacts of pesticides overall. Concerted actions are, therefore, required to mainstream the regulation and sound management of HHPs and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. To this effect, FAO-WHO-UNEP are jointly developing a Global Action Plan (GAP) on HHPs to explore a viable and concrete pathway for the international community towards progressive elimination of poisoning and contamination of HHPs and progressive phase-in of alternative measures. The GAP calls for global action by all relevant stakeholders on addressing HHPs and outlines the overall objectives and roadmap. This discussion solicited input from various stakeholders on the current GAP draft.