The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of more than 700 public interest non-governmental organizations working together for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants, on an expedited yet socially equitable basis. This mission includes achieving a world in which all chemicals are produced and used in ways that eliminate significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, and where persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of equivalent concern no longer pollute our local and global environments, and no longer contaminate our communities, our food, our bodies, or the bodies of our children and future generations.

In order to advance our mission IPEN Connects, Collaborates, Contributes and Creates Change:

  • Connects: By bringing together non-governmental and civil society organizations from around the world who share the same vision for a toxic free future and have the common goal of toxics elimination
  • Collaborates: By sharing our experience, ideas and expertise to raise awareness of toxic chemical issues and build the capacity to resolve them
  • Contributes: By identifying local, national and regional public interest chemical issues and elevating them into the global chemical policy arena via interventions in relevant international forums
  • Creates Change; By putting policy into practice; helping our participating organizations educate and empower their communities to enable the implementation of policies and projects that reduce the chemical load on people and the planet.
IPEN Results:


IPEN completes a global sampling project, known as the "Egg Report," which produced new data on toxic chemicals in chicken eggs across 17 countries in the Global South and helped re-shape the dioxin emissions debate in the Stockholm Convention


IPEN proposes a Global Partnership for the Elimination of Lead in Paint at the second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the global community endorses the activity by consensus.


IPEN Senior Science and Technical Advisor Joe DiGangi is the first author on the first-ever scientific consensus statement on brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, the "San Antonio Statement." The Statement has profound regulatory implications as it clearly reveals the scientific concerns of 200 leading researchers and scientists from 30 countries about the industry practice of regularly substituting one dangerous chemical for another, and is published in Environmental Health Perspectives.


The Stockholm Convention lists the pesticide endosulfan after a several years of campaigning by IPEN Participating Organizations and others on the ground across the globe and especially in India, the world's largest producer and exporter of endosulfan.

IPEN secures a 1.4 million Euro grant from the European Union for a Lead Paint Elimination Project in seven Asian countries. This work springs from IPEN's groundbreaking research showing widespread use of lead paint in developing countries and the successful proposal to 150 governments to commit to global elimination of lead paint in the SAICM process.

Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme has been serving as IPEN coordination center for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Region) since 2008. We also host secretariats of IPEN Dioxin, PCBs and Waste Working Group and IPEN Heavy Metals Working Group.

The CEE Region includes following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey


More information on IPEN can be found via www.ipen.org

International activities