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.
At the Rotterdam Convention conference taking place in Geneva today, country after country called for chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Convention’s list of hazardous substances, as recommended by the Convention’s scientific body (the Chemical Review Committee).
Some IPEN Participating Organizations from the south, southeast and east Asia regions are currently participating in an IPEN gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia. The gathering provides an opportunity for IPEN Participating Organizations and other local non-governmental, civil society groups with a shared mission of a toxics-free future to build relationships and share skills and experiences.
In addition to group discussions, the gathering will also provide presentations about topics such as:pesticides, dioxin and waste, National Implementation Plans in the Stockholm Convention, lead in paint and other toxic metals and hazardous chemicals in products, mercury use in artisanal and small scale gold mining, electronic waste, endocrine disrupting chemicals, contaminated sites, and more.
At the 2015 World Social Forum, held in March in Tunis, Tunisia, Semia Gharbi, from the organization Association d'Education Environnementale pour la Future Génération (AEEFG), IPEN's Regional Hub for the Middle East & North Africa, organized a presentation on the activities of IPEN, its goals for a toxics-free future, its relationship with the human right to a healthy life, and an overview of chemicals in general. Various IPEN publications were distributed. The presentation was one of hundreds of events held during the Forum, and was conducted as a round table discussion with participants from Tunisia, Egypt, Germany, and other countries.