The meeting convened nearly 100 NGO representatives from more than 30 countries, with over 30 NGO representatives from China. It was conducted with simultaneous English / Chinese translation, and covered issues related to IPEN’s global operation, as well as: chemical safety and pollution victims in China, electronic waste, POPs and the Stockholm Convention, lead paint elimination, highly hazardous pesticides, nanotechnology, mercury pollution and the Minamata Convention, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and others.
IPEN Participating Organizations in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) region have prepared an Appeal to governments, MPs and local authorities to stop producing, importing and using highly hazardous pesticides in the region. Highly hazardous pesticides are a huge problem in the region, which was proven by a pioneer study conducted by IPEN and Eco-Accord in seven EECCA countries a few months ago.
A successful event promoting a safe school environment that will prevent and reduce childhood lead and mercury exposure was recently held in the Philippines. The event, organized by IPEN Participating Organization EcoWaste Coalition, the European Union and the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), saw 200 people in attendance, including H.E. European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux and DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.