This book provides information about mercury pollution and its harm to human health and the environment. The book also presents the major sources of mercury pollution and calls for civil society efforts at the local, national, and global level to work toward controlling human activities that release mercury into the environment.
Group of Action for the Promotion and Protection of the Flora and Fauna (GAPROFFA) report for the IPEN POPs Pesticides Working Group: "Producers perceptions on the risks related to the use of endosulfan in Benin and Togo"
This document provides a review of the literature and legal framework for endosulfan in Benin and Togo. It then presents the results of its study of the Oti region of Togo and the Kandi region of Benin.
The first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare the treaty on mercury (INC1) took place 7-11 June, 2010 in Sweden and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part.
IPEN Views on a Global Mercury Treaty
Prior to the meeting, IPEN prepared Views on a Global Mercury Treaty, which explains why a global treaty on mercury is needed and puts forward a civil society vision for the treaty.
This document, with background information on nanotechnology and nanomaterials, was distributed at the Latin America and Caribbean regional workshop on nanomaterials held in Kingston, Jamaica, March 7th, 2010. The workshop, organized by UNITAR and the OECD, was part of the Strategic Approach for International Chemical Management (SAICM) intersessional activities.
A paper by the IPEN Nano Working Group and The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) that outlines concerns about potential negative environmental impacts and costs of nanotechnology, while also proposing solutions.
The goal of this project was to gather and analyze information related to the availability, suitability and cost of mercury-containing versus mercury-free mass products in developing countries (DCs) and countries with economies in transition (CiTs). In order to have a broad picture of the global situation, two countries were selected to represent each of four UN regions:
Brief background information on nanotechnology and nanomaterials from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
This document, with background information on nanotechnology and nanomaterials, was distributed at the African regional workshop on nanomaterials held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, January 25th and 26th, 2010. The workshop, organized by UNITAR and the OECD, was part of the Strategic Approach for International Chemical Management (SAICM) intersessional activities.
In 2008 IPEN partnered with the Indian organization Toxics Link , to conduct global sampling of lead in paint with organisations in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Ten countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America were involved. The study showed that, with a few exceptions, all plastic paint samples had low lead concentrations, and the majority of enamel paint samples had lead concentrations higher than regulatory levels of 90ppm (US, China) or 600ppm (Singapore). Lead concentrations in paints ranged from 0.6 ppm to 505,716 ppm.