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IPEN Participating Organization Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) featured in this cover story from the Daily Observer:


Read page 2 of the story here.

IPEN Participating Organization Centre for Environmental Justice, with Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, have released the newest edition of "Ejustice." Issues highlighted in the newsletter are coal use in Sri Lanka and the blocking of the ban on the pesiticide glyphosate.
Please read the entire newsletter here

NGO representatives at the Asia Pacific regional SAICM meeting in Kuala Lumpur

Numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives attended the 4th Asia-Pacific regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and related workshops, which occured from 23 - 27 March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting and workshops were preceded by a South East Asian sub-regional wokshop in support of the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The SAICM meeting covered issues such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), lead in paint, nanotechnology, highly hazardous pesticides and other subjects in the SAICM.

EU-Funded Study Finds High Lead Levels in Paints

Children Ages 0-6 Risk Permanent and Lifelong Damage

[Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] The majority of household paints analyzed in seven Asian countries contain unsafe levels of lead; would not meet regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries; and, in a number of cases, have astonishingly high lead content, according to a new report. The Asia Regional Paint Report will be released on March 23, 2014 by IPEN and partner organizations in the seven countries at the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project Partner Newsletter for February, 2014 is now available, and contains news about partners' progress in developing lead regulations, as well as information about the new chemical control order in the Philippines and more.

IPEN Participating Organization Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) were featured in a release from the official news Agency of Bangladesh (BSS):

Dental experts demand banning metal amalgam


Dental experts today demanded phasing out dental amalgam and urged the government to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) conducted a study on toxic levels in toys and public perception in Bangladesh from October 2012 until August 2013. During the study, toys were collected from different stores in Dhaka and sent to the Nepal Bureau of Standard and Metrology for analysis.

Levels of toxic metals in 97% of the toys tested were signficantly above the European Union and United States recommended ceiling for lead, cadmium, bromine and chromium.

The Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) has launched an initiative to develop an environmentally sound health care waste management system and mercury-free health care services model under their ongoing "Public Awareness and Capacity Building for Elimination of POPs and its Sources from Nepal" program.

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2013

From: Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP)
Contact: Erwin Navarro –

"Poisoning Our Future": PAN AP launches book on insidious effects of pesticides on children


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