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Meeting of Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy

26.03.2019

Appearing before the commission were members of the Government, led by the Second Vice Prime Minister, Charged with Judicial Affairs to the Presidency and Relations with national Parliament, Ángel Mesie Mibuy, to ask the Senate for ratification by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The Secretary of State for Agriculture, Charged with Forests and the Environment, Santiago Francisco Engonga Osono, explained that persistent organic pollutants are chemical compounds that are mainly used in the electrical and thermal industries, in the manufacture of plastics, and in agriculture, to combat plagues, and they are toxic for human health and the environment.

This convention is a binding legal instrument to protect human health and the environment by reducing the production and use of these pollutants, together with their emissions, according to the Secretary of State.

There followed a long debate in the convention, in which the senators asked about the importance it had for our country, taking into account that Equatorial Guinea does not emit pollutants.

The senators asked about the repercussion of pollutants on human health, together with the policies initiated by the Government.

With respect to the questions presented, the Secretary of State pointed out the importance of signing this convention, which will allow Equatorial Guinea to introduce within its legal framework modern regulations aimed at preventing the introduction within the country of substances which are dangerous due to their toxic nature which have been internationally identified, adding that through joining the convention, the country will benefit from green funds, which will allow a budget for the application of the convention.

Efua Asangono recommended that the Government delegation consult the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as an institution specialising in the signing of international conventions, in order to clearly understand the process, in addition to pointing out that the Upper Chamber in willing to work with the Government to promote social policies for the benefit of the population.

On the photo: The presidency of the commission


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