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Highly Hazardous Pesticides

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About Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Pesticides are inherently hazardous, and among them, a relatively small number of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) cause disproportionate harm to the environment and human health including severe environmental hazards, high acute and chronic toxicity.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) code of conduct (FAO and WHO in 2013) and the Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (FAO and WHO 2016) adopted the following definition:

“Highly Hazardous Pesticides means pesticides that are acknowledged to present particularly high levels of acute or chronic hazards to health or environment according to internationally accepted classification systems such as WHO or Global Harmonized System (GHS) or their listing in relevant binding international agreements or conventions. In addition, pesticides that appear to cause severe or irreversible harm to health or the environment under conditions of use in a country may be considered to be and treated as highly hazardous”.

Many stakeholders have called for action, guidance and support to address HHPs. These stakeholder groups include regulatory authorities, agricultural extension and public health advisory services, health services and poison control centres, farmers and farmer associations, trade unions and agricultural workers’ organizations, private sector, civil society. Since then, there have been some initiatives to address HHPs by various stakeholder groups including Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia, the private sector and Governments, which in some cases have collaborated regionally through their respective Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The common goal of all these efforts is to eliminate the short and long-term health and environment impacts of HHPs.In 2015, SAICM Fourth International Conference of Chemicals Management (ICCM4) adopted a resolution that recognizes HHPs as an issue of international concern and calls for concerted action to address HHPs.

 

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Examples and case studies on strategies for identifying HHPs from different perspectives
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Examples and case studies on strategies for identifying HHPs from different perspectives

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  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Examples and case studies on strategies for identifying HHPs from different perspectives

    Community of practice summary of discussions

    Examples and case studies on strategies for identifying HHPs from different perspectives

    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 Examples and case studies on strategies for identifying HHPs from different perspectives, which took place on 16 September 2020.

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    Perspectives on addressing HHPs in the SAICM context

    Community of practice summary of discussions

    Perspectives on addressing HHPs in the SAICM context

    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 Perspectives on addressing HHPs in the SAICM context, which took place on 19 August 2020.

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    Mapping the global landscape of HHP risk reduction work

    Community of practice summary of discussions

    Mapping the global landscape of HHP risk reduction work

    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,...

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    Agroecology – a viable option to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in Ethiopia

    Factsheets and brochures

    Agroecology – a viable option to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in Ethiopia

    Progressive ban of the use of highly hazardous pesticideshas been recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organisation since 2006 due to the confirmed adverse impacts they can cause. This short booklet reveals the level of HHPs use in Ethiopia; the human health, environmental and economic impacts of using HHPs; the availability of tested alternatives to HHPs; and it recommends the progressive phase out of HHPs from Ethiopia.

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    Infographics on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

    Infographic

    Infographics on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

    It's time to regulate Highly Hazardous Pesticides!It won’t compromise agriculture, but it will save lives.This document was prepared by WHO under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full sized...

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    Pesticide Registration Toolkit

    Website

    Pesticide Registration Toolkit

    The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit is a decision support system for pesticide registrars in developing countries. It will assist registrars in the evaluation and authorization of pesticides. The Toolkit can best be considered as a web-based registration handbook intended for day-to-day use by pesticide registrars.

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    biodiversity in danger from poor management of chemicals and waste

    Infographic

    biodiversity in danger from poor management of chemicals and waste

    World Environment Day took place on 5 June 2020 and the theme this year was biodiversity. SAICM celebrated by creating an infographic on how chemicals and waste can impact biodiversity and...

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    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    Article

    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    From the smallest parasitic bacterium living in the bladder of a primate to the blue whale - biodiversity refers to the vast variety of life on this planet.Biodiversity can be felt everywhere –...

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    Crops that drive world trade in hazardous pesticides

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    Crops that drive world trade in hazardous pesticides

    Unearthed and Public Eye analysed more than USD 23bn of agrochemical sales data for 2018 - about 40% of the global market - to identify sales of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). Across 12 groups...

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    SAICM Highly Hazardous Pesticides Video

    Video

    SAICM Highly Hazardous Pesticides Video

    We use a wide variety of chemical compounds to prevent living organisms from damaging crops and spreading diseases like malaria. These compounds are collectively termed pesticides. These days the...