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New Report Reveals Dangerous Mercury Levels among Minamata COP1 Delegates
POPRC: No ‘Safe’ Concentration of PFOA in the Environment Can be Established
IPEN CEE Regional Meeting Participants Visit Czech Chemical Factory
New Report Reveals Chicken Eggs as an Indicator of POPs Pollution in Thailand

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some schools and preschools in Neapl are of high concern.

In preparation for the 10th meeting of the Stockholm Convention's POPs Review Committee (POPRC), which will take place the last week of October in Rome, IPEN has developed a Quick Guide to IPEN Views on POPRC10 in English and français.

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some households and schools in the Philippines are of high concern.

The meeting convened nearly 100 NGO representatives from more than 30 countries, with over 30 NGO representatives from China. It was conducted with simultaneous English / Chinese translation, and covered issues related to IPEN’s global operation, as well as: chemical safety and pollution victims in China, electronic waste, POPs and the Stockholm Convention, lead paint elimination, highly hazardous pesticides, nanotechnology, mercury pollution and the Minamata Convention, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and others.

IPEN, Chinese and Czech partners have been working on a 2-year, EU-funded project called: "Strengthening the Capacity of Pollution Victims and Civil Society Organizations to Increase Chemical Safety in China. The Project includes public awareness-raising, resource materials, data generation, and case studies carried out in geographically and functionally diverse areas in three categories: metals, wastes, and chemicals.

IPEN Participating Organizations in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) region have prepared an Appeal to governments, MPs and local authorities to stop producing, importing and using highly hazardous pesticides in the region. Highly hazardous pesticides are a huge problem in the region, which was proven by a pioneer study conducted by IPEN and Eco-Accord in seven EECCA countries a few months ago.

IPEN Co-Chair and EcoWaste Coalition Board Member Manny Calonzo speaks at the event. 

A successful event promoting a safe school environment that will prevent and reduce childhood lead and mercury exposure was recently held in the Philippines. The event, organized by IPEN Participating Organization EcoWaste Coalition, the European Union and the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), saw 200 people in attendance, including H.E. European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux and DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.

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