Safer alternatives to malaria-controlling DDT focus of UN-backed meeting

Some 80 delegates from governments, industry, research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today kicked off a three-day United Nations-backed meeting in Geneva focusing on cost effective and environmentally-friendly alternatives to DDT, a controversial chemical used to control malaria.

Three hazardous substances considered for UN treaty ‘watch list’

Ministers and officials will decide whether to add three hazardous chemicals – including the world’s most widely used form of asbestos – to a trade “watch list” under a United Nations-backed treaty, aimed at helping developing countries more effectively manage potentially harmful imported substances.

Paying tribute to victims, Ban Ki-moon calls for destruction of chemical weapons

Marking the Remembrance Day for Victims of Chemical Warfare, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all States to ratify the international treaty banning the deadly weapons.

Secretary-General urges States to work toward world free of chemical weapons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on States to redouble their efforts to eliminate the scourge of chemical weapons, in a message to a gathering of parties to the global treaty banning these instruments of mass destruction.