Rotterdam Convention: Does it trigger an Informed Decision or an Influenced Decision?

The Rotterdam Convention is an important multilateral environmental agreement in the field of chemicals, which ostensibly intends member countries to take an informed decision in allowing import of a chemical through a ‘Decision Guidance Document’ (DGD) of the Convention. So as per the Convention a Prior Informed Consent list of chemicals is prepared for which a DGD on each chemical is provided to member countries.
The author, who is reportedly known for his study and analysis of various international regulations, conventions and treaties on chemicals, says that potentially frightening statements on each chemical – particularly those that are off-patent and mainly manufactured and used in developing countries – in the guise of lofty declarations made in such conventions tend to achieve the ulterior intention of either banning such chemicals in member countries or as an instrument of trade barrier through such biased information.

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