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Chemical Agreement Despite American opposition

Swedish Environment Minister Lena Sommestad says despite opposition from the United States, the international community was successful Monday in adopting the first global strategy for reducing the production and use of hazardous chemicals.

Government representatives from 130 countries met in Dubai for the three day International Conference on Chemicals Management.

Sommestad, who represented Sweden at the conference, says the final declaration includes strategic and political principles for the use of toxic substances. She told the TT news agency that the United States had a isolated position because it wanted to protect the American chemical industry, forcing other countries to accept a watered down agreement.

Sweden will be contributing more than 3 million dollars to the implementation of the agreement.

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