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Chapaevsk city in Russia was among 48 cities designated to Phase VI (2014-2018), which will support cities in strengthening their efforts to bring key stakeholders together to work for health and well-being, to harness leadership, innovation and change and to enhance the potential to resolve local public health challenges (http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/urban-health/news/news/2

A sub-regional skill share meeting of IPEN Participating Organizations (POs) took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan in June. The workshop was organized by Eco-Accord (IPEN Hub for the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region) and IPEN PO Greenwomen from Kazakhstan. The goal of the meeting was to strengthen NGO capacity in Central Asia to actively participate in decision-making processes on chemical safety.

Foundation in Support of Civil Initiatives (FSCI) and Independent Ecological Expertise (IEE), IPEN Participating Organizations in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, recently successfully completed Quick Start Programme-funded projects related to supporting SAICM and GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) implementation in their respective countries.

The newsletter features updates from IPEN Participating Organizations on some of their work in the region, including from Latinoamericana de Nanotecnología y Sociedad (ReLANS), Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina (RAPAL), Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas en México (RAPAM), Taller Ecologista and Alianza Mundial por una Odontología Libre de Mercurio.

Quezon City. “Once is enough. Twice is too much. But we fear there could be more!”


Aileen Lucero, Coordinator of the waste and pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition exclaimed in indignation as citizens hit the streets anew to stage a protest amid a new controversy involving the discovery of 48 more container vans of garbage from Canada.

48 New Containers Came from Same Exporter as Canada Refuses to Prosecute

13 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland - International environmental organisations brought their protest against Canada for their refusal to take back the 50 shipment containers filled with household waste dumped in the Philippines almost two years ago, raised the matter at a high-level meeting of the Basel Convention and marched from that meeting to the Permanent Mission of Canada, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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