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A Toxics-Free Future

Highlights Front Roll

A Global Network for a Toxics-Free Future / Three Year Report 2011 - 2013
New Mercury Treaty Signed in Japan

3 Things That Need to Happen Now

Small Scale Gold Mining Pollutes Indonesia

Yuyun Ismawati, IPEN HUB coordinator, source for NY Times article

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.

IPEN joined Australian Participating Organization National Toxics Network and others in objecting to the international transfer of hazardous waste from Australia to France for incineration. This is the third attempt by the company Orica to export its toxic Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) stockpile to another country for incineration. Previous attempts to export the waste to Germany and then Denmark were rejected after public outrage and community demonstrations.

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some schools and preschools in Sri Lanka are of high concern. 

This comprehensive report highlights some of IPEN's accomplishments from 2011 - 2013 and its contributions to building an international toxics-free movement. It also outlines IPEN's major areas of work, lists some important publications from the three-year period, and gives specific examples of some of IPEN's impacts around the world. 

Read the report here. 

IPEN is pleased to announce a new guide to mercury pollution and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Download the booklet here.

This booklet provides information about the toxic environmental pollutant mercury and its harm to human health and the environment, as well as the recently adopted Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

It encourages and enables global civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage in local, national and international activities aimed at controlling mercury pollution. 

Labeling dust sample for analysis

The Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project Partner Newsletter for May, 2014 is now available, and contains news about partners' work in sampling house dust for lead content, as well as information about the recent resolution on lead in paint passed at the Asia Pacific regional SAICM meeting and important new reports about lead in paint.

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