PENANG, Malaysia – PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) today renewed its call for authorities to more tightly regulate agrochemicals and ban the highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) amid reports of pesticide poisoning in Siputeh, Batu Gajah in Ipoh. Thirty seven people, aged two to 71, were rushed to the hospital – with four in critical condition – after eating food apparently contaminated with the pesticides from carbamate group from a local stall last 4 March. Weedicides were also traced near the premises.
Semia Gharbi, representative of l’Association de l’éducation environnementale pour les futures générations (AEEFG), the IPEN Regional Hub for the Middle East and North Africa, and May Granier, from the IPEN Participating Organization Association Tunisienne d'Agriculture Environnementale, are featured in this article about the pesticide glyphosate from La Presse de Tunisie:
On 4 December, 2015, IPEN Participating Organization Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) represented the Armenian civil society sector at the inception workshop of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Global Environment Facility (GEF) full-sized project "Elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles and addressing POPs-contaminated sites within a sound chemicals management framework." The workshop, organized by the UNDP-Armenia office, was opened by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature protection RA.
Eco-Accord, IPEN Regional Hub for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), prepared an overview of information from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and EECCA countries about the need to report emissions and releases from obsolete pesticide stockpiles through pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) systems in EECCA countries.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2015 Contact: Paul Towers, Pesticide Action Network, 916-216-1082 Paul Achitoff, Earthjustice, 808-599-2436 Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety, 703-927-2826 Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity, 847-567-4052