The IPEN participating organizations in Southeast and East Asia attended the recently concluded international conferences on EDC Free Asia II and Addressing ASGM Concerns for a Safe Asia conducted last January 23-24, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. The EDC Free Asia II conference aimed at sharing the results of the project on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with the participation of the IPEN POs in South, Southeast, and East Asia, discuss solutions, and action points to promote the study results and use them in the POs’ work in their respective countries. The conference on Addressing ASGM Concerns for a Safe Asia aimed to discuss the exposure status of mercury in ASGM areas in Southeast Asia based on the research findings of the Mercury Free Asia project and explore solutions to address the mercury issues at the national and regional levels. The conferences were co-organized by the Wonjin Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (WIOEH), Korea Financial Industry Foundation (KFIF), and IPEN regional hubs in South Asia and Southeast and East Asia..
"PFAS in Asia: The Forever Chemicals in Clothing, Food Packaging, and Water" Southeast and East Asia regional hub co-organized the Webinar on PFAS in Asia: PFAS in clothing, food packaging, and water with South Asia Hub and Jitka Straková, IPEN Global Researcher.
Taiwan’s per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) control measures are in line with global standards and now an action plan is in the pipeline for implementation by the Ministry of Environment and other government agencies, the MOENV said Jan. 24, 2024.
- UN Environment Assembly (UNEA6)
26 February – 1 March 2024
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
- Plastics Treaty INC-4
21 – 30 April 2024
Location: Ottawa, Canada
- Science-Policy Panel Open Ended Working Group
07 – 24 June
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
23 – 27 September
Location: Rome, Italy
- Plastics Treaty INC-5
29 October – 01 November
Location: South Korea
Cambodia: Ending the PBDE recycling exemption
South Korea: Stories from the Clean Room (Screenings of the film have been shown in over 20 countries to date)
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People of all gender identities must have the same rights and opportunities to participate fully in their communities, free from the health threats posed by toxic chemicals. It is especially important to understand the factors that put women at risk from chemical health threats.
Both the environment in Africa and the Arabic region and the human health of Africans and people from Arabic countries suffer from toxic chemicals and imported wastes, including illegal wastes, more than in developed countries.
This study shows that toxic chemicals are present in toys, kitchen utensils, and other consumer products purchased from African and Arabic region markets in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Syria, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
IPEN studies show how policy is driving massive investment in plastic waste-to-fuel processing, and that exports are threatening waste management in ASEAN countries and undermining the Basel Convention and climate change commitments.
IPEN published a number of studies showing significant obstacles for countries seeking to implement safe plastic circular economies. The studies reveal that countries are unable to handle large volumes of diverse plastics waste streams safely, and the reality that, without regulations requiring plastic ingredients to be labeled, countries are blindly allowing known toxic chemicals onto their markets in plastic products.
Preproduction plastics as pellets, or "nurdles", can carry many different chemicals, both those added to the plastics and pollutants that attach (sorb) to them in the environment. Often lost during production, transportation, and storage, pellets have been found on beaches all over the world since the 1970s. This study of plastic pellets gathered from beaches in 23 different countries contained many chemicals of concern, some in very high concentrations.
Because almost all plastics contain toxic chemicals, recycling processes can perserve and can even generate toxic chemicals, such as dioxins. In this study, pellets made from recycled HDPE, intended for use in new products, were purchased from 24 recyclers in 23 countries and analyzed for 18 substances. The large number of toxic chemicals in many of the samples highlights the need to rethink recycling to ensure it does not perpetuate harms.
This summary of our two plastic pellets reports encapsulate the broad issues related to toxic chemicals in plastics and the concerns with recycling processes that can perserve or generate toxic chemicals.
Plastic waste has become an unprecedented pollution issue, blanketing our planet in the petrochemical remnants of plastic production. This report examines current and emerging methods by which plastic waste is managed globally and questions whether any of them present a solution to the rapidly accelerating generation of plastic waste. In short, they don't and the only long-term answer is to produce less plastic.
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EcoWaste Coalition is a public interest and advocacy network of more than 150 community, church, school, environmental and health groups. We envision a Zero Waste society in the Philippines by 2020 by pursuing sustainable solutions to waste, climate change and chemical issues facing the Philippines and the world. EcoWaste Coalition organizes and supports various citizens’ efforts addressing waste, climate and chemical safety issues through: research and evidence building approach; information dissemination; skill shares and workshops; policy development and advocacy; and demonstration projects of ecological alternatives and strategic campaigns and alliances, locally and internationally.
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