Activists watch live feed at conference venue

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's Satyagraha demanding a ban on Endosulfan gained the attention of some of the participants of the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that began in Geneva on Monday.

C. Jayakumar, one of the observers to the Convention from Kerala, said in an e-mail message that a small crowd had gathered around him at the venue of the conference to watch the live feed of Mr. Achuthanandan's satyagraha.

He said there was criticism on the sidelines that India was not trying to get the funds available under the Convention by accepting a ban. There was demand for financial and technical support from the Latin American and Caribbean Group and the African Group during the opening statements of the conference on Monday, while the European Union expressed concern over the number of requests for financial assistance for various issues given the global financial crisis.

Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility (GEF), announced that the GEF Council had approved $2,50,000 ($1 = about Rs.45) to assist parties in updating their national implementation plans to include new persistent organic pollutants.

Official reporting services run by the International Institute for Sustainable Development said that Costa Rica, on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean Group, had reiterated the region's priorities, including financial and technical support, technology transfer, development of local and regional capacity, training, and raising awareness. India had underscored the need for strong scientific evidence and rigorous analysis of data, and said that new obligations should occur in tandem with the provision of adequate financial resources.

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