Global Advocates Tell Plastics Treaty Delegates: Our Health is in Your Hands
Punta del Este, Uruguay - As delegates from countries globally head here for the first intergovernmental Plastics Treaty negotiations (INC1) this week, women leaders from IPEN’s worldwide network displayed a dramatic banner reading “Our Health is in Your Hands - Ban Toxic Chemicals in Plastics” at La Mano, an iconic sculpture of the area. The women also showed “pregnant” bellies to emphasize the health threats, including infertility and reproductive health impacts, that chemicals in plastics pose to women, children, and families.
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On Wednesday, November 30, at the Plastics Treaty INC-1 negotiations in Punta del Este, Uruguay, IPEN co-hosted a science and health information briefing on "Health, Chemicals, Plastics and a Non-Toxic Circular Economy." The briefing was co-hosted by the governments of Uruguay and Switzerland, and with the Endocrine Society, and included speakers on the science and health risks from chemicals in plastics followed by a panel discussion.
A contingent of IPEN leaders from around the world will gather in Punta del Este, Uruguay this week for the start of the First Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-1) of the Plastics Treaty. About 40 IPEN members from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America will contribute to the negotiations, urging delegates to develop an ambitious agreement that accounts for the health threats from chemicals in plastics throughout their lifecycle.