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New Report on Women, Chemicals and the Sustainable Development Goals
More Spray Paints Found Containing High Levels of Lead
Plastics, EDCs & Health Report Links Chemical Additives and Health Effects
Holding Producers Responsible: Financing the Sound Management of Chemicals
Understanding the Connection between COVID-19 and Chemicals
Report Highlights Threats of Toxic Additives in Plastic
IPEN Leader Speaks Against US Dumping Plastics and Chemicals in Africa

The second edition of IPEN's bi-annual Global Newsletter for 2019 focuses on pesticides. The newsletter opens with an excerpt from the Beyond 2020: Chemical safety and Agenda 2030 document by IPEN and Pesticide Action Network, published in January 2017, and includes highlights and stories from the field. All contributions were provided by the IPEN Regional Hubs and Participating Organizations, working together for a toxics-free future.

Please see the Newsletter below in various languages (العربية, English, 中文, español, русский, français):

Over 40 IPEN participating organizations (POs) from 36 countries are taking part in the seventh annual International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action on October 20 to 26. Together with the other partners of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, civil society groups will organize various activities to raise awareness and promote actions, such as the adoption and enforcement of laws banning lead paint, to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children.

In September, IPEN Participating Organization Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its foundation. Representatives of the Ministries of the Republic of Armenia, international organizations in Armenia, NGOs and foreign guests attended the event, which was held at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum.

IPEN presents the third in a series of papers prepared by an international panel of experts on PFAS chemicals. This paper, Perfluorohexane Sulfonate (PFHxS)— Socio-Economic Impact, Exposure, and the Precautionary Principle, offers unique insights about threats to drinking water sources, public health and the occupational health of firefighters due to the particular physico-chemical properties of PFHxS, including its greater mobility, hydrogeological fractionation, and long elimination half-life in people.

IPEN's "Views of the SAICM 3rd Intersessional Meeting (IP3)” (中文, English, русский, español, français, العربية) document addresses issues that will be taken up at the IP3, including process considerations; an enabling framework; targets, indicators and milestones; governance; and more.

To read the document, and learn more about IPEN's activities at the 3rd Intersessional Meeting, please visit this page.

IPEN will host a side event at the Stockholm Convention's POPRC-15 meeting upcoming in Rome, Italy: "Socioeconomic Costs of PFAS Contamination- A Global Issue of Our Time."

IPEN has convened an international panel of independent experts from the fields of fire safety, chemistry, policy, and remediation to present at this side event. The panel also offers the third in a series of papers about PFAS chemicals: sources of contamination, implications for public and occupational health, safe alternatives, and remediation.

Targets, indicators and milestones are a key component of the new "Beyond 2020" chemical safety agreement because they provide an important measure of what the new agreement will accomplish. IPEN has prepared a thought starter that proposes targets, indicators and milestones that reflect tangible outcomes to reduce harms in the real world and links these results to the achievement of defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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