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.
This informational brochure was developed to (i) provide an overview of nanotechnology development in the Asia-Pacific Region; (ii) introduce the social, environmental, and health implications of nanotechnology for workers and consumers in this region; and (iii) to stimulate and strengthen stakeholders’ participation in the global and national discussions on the actions to be implemented by governments, industry, and civil society to lay out a precautionary environment for the safe develo
This study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IPEN finds that the majority of paints tested in nine, geographically diverse, developing and transition countries would not met regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries and, in some cases, contain astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead. Data from seven Asian countries reveals similar results, but also show that paint companies with the largest market share in those countries have largely shifted to unleaded products in recent years.
Since 2007, NGOs associated with the IPEN network have collected and analyzed decorative paints for sale on the market in 30 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. In every one of these countries, if there was no national law or regulation in force to control the lead content of paints, the majority of the enamel decorative paints for sale on the market contained lead levels above 600 parts per million (ppm). Many of the paints contained more than 10,000 ppm lead and would be prohibited for sale or use in virtually all highly industrial countries.
IPEN has updated its guide to toxic flame retardant chemicals to reflect new developments since it was first released in June 2012. The guide is an introduction to the science and industry manipulation of toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants. These toxic chemicals do not provide fire safety but are widely present in consumer products that release them into dust, polluting people and the environment. They are also present in the millions of tons of electronic waste that is dumped in developing countries each year.
Tadesse Amera & Sue Edwards, Pesticide Action Nexus Association - Ethiopia
PAN Ethiopia conducted an e-waste inventory in four cities in Ethiopia using the UNEP Inventory Assessment Manual as a reference to select the appropriate method. This guide was developed based on the Ethiopian experience so that other developing countries facing similar problems can use it and adapt it for their local situation in conducting e-waste inventories, as well as lobby for the formulation of policies to regulate the lifecycle management of e-products in their respective nations.