russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ( cis ) are working with the United Nations Environment Programme ( unep ) to dispose of toxic wastes in an environmentally-sound manner.
At two separate meetings held in July, experts from the cis and a number of organisations met to focus on solutions for protecting public health and the environment from toxic risks. "Environmental degradation continues to pose a threat to society and ecosystems. Learning from the past and to write new chapters in environmental protection gives a positive signal for people and our planet," said Klaus Toepfer, unep executive director. Stockpiles of obsolete pesticides also pose potential risks to health and the environment in cis and other countries. These chemicals are often labeled poorly and are inappropriately dumped off. The meetings will be jointly conducted with the Centre for International Projects under the Russian Federation on Environmental Protection and Russian ministry of health.
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