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The Mercury

Two environmental groups have gone to court to force the eThekwini Municipality to release the air pollution licences and compliance reports of Durban’s Sapref and Engen petrol refineries.

The two groups said in legal papers lodged in the Durban High Court that the city had refused their request for access to this information in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Surya Anaya (BaliFokus, Indonesia) and Manny Calonzo (IPEN Co-Chair, Philippines)

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.

Semia Gharbi at round table discussion in Tunis.  

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. 

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