IPEN held a Regional Meeting from 4 - 6 June, 2018 in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines for its Southeast & East Asia regions. Approximately 30 participants from 16 IPEN Participating Organizations (POs) and 2 observer NGOs, from 10 countries, attended the meeting.
The overall goal of the meeting was to enhance collaboration among IPEN POs in the region and maximize knowledge exchange around different environmental health and chemical safety issues and strategies. In particular, IPEN's 2020 global strategy, IPEN's PO regional survey results, updates on international chemical safety policies, and funding opportunities for chemical safety work were discussed. There was also knowledge sharing and exchange about securing public policies, assessing polluted resources, establishing disease-chemical relationships and maximizing social media to protect people's health and the environment.
Additionally, there was a visit to a mercury-contaminated village, and a press conference to commemorate World Environment Day and lend support to the local struggle against a waste incineration plant that is planned to be built in the city. Read the press release here.
The meeting ended with regional planning to identify priority areas for collaboration among the region's POs.
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