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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, Chinese and Czech partners have been working on a 2-year, EU-funded project called: "Strengthening the Capacity of Pollution Victims and Civil Society Organizations to Increase Chemical Safety in China. The Project includes public awareness-raising, resource materials, data generation, and case studies carried out in geographically and functionally diverse areas in three categories: metals, wastes, and chemicals.

Mao Da, from IPEN Participating Organization Nature University, is quoted in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

By James T. Areddy

SHANGHAI--Violent clashes between police and villagers left dozens injured during demonstrations in eastern China against construction of a waste incinerator, the latest example of public readiness to fight government plans viewed as polluting.

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