International standards for the production of chemicals are set. Environmental officials from 150 countries approved a broad agreement on it this Tuesday. U.N. officials say that it is growing by some 1,500 new compounds a year with little oversight.
Despite deep differences between U.S. and European Union-led camps that threatened to scuttle the talks altogether, the Dubai declaration, i.e. the voluntary pact, — won approval as the negotiators informed.
The agreement marks the first attempt to set worldwide guidelines on developing, handling and labeling of chemicals. It is to help an industry shift from wealthy to developing countries.
Via: Free New Mexican