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IPEN is coordinated via Hubs in eight regions: Anglophone Africa; Francophone Africa; Central, Western & (sections of) Eastern Europe (CEWE); a portion of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus & Central Asia (EECCA); Latin America; Middle East & North Africa (MENA); South Asia; and Southeast Asia. The Regional Hubs, operating in most UN languages, coordinate and communicate with IPEN Participating Organizations in their geographic regions, and report to the Network on the regions' needs, activities, and perspectives.
Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA)
Based in the United Republic of Tanzania
AGENDA’s mission is to promote a culture of responsibility to the environment amongst the general public through awareness, advocacy, capacity building and stakeholders’ involvement in Tanzania and beyond. Focus areas are sound management of chemicals and wastes; sustainable natural resource management; climate change impacts mitigation and adaptation; applied research, training and advisory services; and institutional capacity building. It consults with key stakeholders to influence policy and practices (government, institutions, agencies, industries, NGOs, individual activists, media, local communities); and collaborates and networks with national, regional and international stakeholders and networks.
Central, Eastern and Western Europe
Based in the Czech Republic
Arnika works to protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals and promote the use of safer alternatives. The organization proposes the economical use of resources and reduction of waste. We do not want waste to end up in landfills or incinerators. We promote for everyone to have the right to information on dangerous substances in the environment. Our campaigns do not concern only the Czech Republic, but European and international projects as well. We serve as the Central, Eastern & Western Europe Regional Hub for IPEN and host secretariats for the Dioxin and Waste Working Group as well as the Toxic Metals Working Group for IPEN.
Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asian (EECCA) Countries
Based in Russia
Eco-Accord is a not-for-profit citizens’ organisation registered in Russia with a consultative status in UN ECOSOC. Since 1997, Eco-Accord has enhanced public participation in decision-making on chemical safety initiatives, noting Eco-Accord is the IPEN EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) Regional Hub and Olga Speranskaya is Eco-Accord Programme Director and IPEN Co-Chair. Eco-Accord operates in Russian and in English and coordinates a news service on chemical safety that has grown from 300 to more than 900 direct subscribers from EECCA countries. It leads a network of over 100 IPEN Participating Organisations based in the EECCA, operates a website, facebook and twitter accounts. Eco-Accord has successfully participated in negotiations over the ratification and implementation of chemical agreements in Russia, EECCA and globally. It plays an important role in IPEN’s Mercury-Free and Lead-Free Paint Campaigns and participates in a number of activities on mercury, highly hazardous pesticides, hazardous chemicals in products, and lead in paint. Eco-Accord is also part of the European EDCs Free campaign and is actively involved in the work on EDCs in Russia and other EECCA countries. It also focuses on human environmental rights and justice issues.
Centre de Recherche et d’Education pour le Développement (CREPD)
Based in Cameroon
CREPD is a Cameroon-based NGO created in 2004 and is dedicated to bridge the gap between science and action in Cameroon and sub-Sahara Africa to promote sustainable development. The organization is instrumental in advising science-based informed decision and policy making processes, as well as the national development planning on “what is needed at grassroots levels” to enable sustainable development through daily sound management of chemicals and wastes, sustainable agriculture, and responsible mining. Many efforts are made to entail continuous capacity building through North-South collaborative research/activities (OK International, USA; BRI, USA; and Ashland University in Ohio, USA); and collaboration with national University through student internships and volunteering programs (ENSAI, University of Ngaoundere, Adamawa Region, Cameroon). CREPD has a consultative status with UNEP, is an active Participating Organization of IPEN and currently acts as IPEN’s Regional Hub Host for Francophone Africa. CREPD received the first prize of SAICM Award in 2013 for outstanding QSP project implementation in Africa.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Red de Accion en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para America Latina (RAPAM) / Centro de Analisis y Accion en Toxicos y sus Alternativas (CAATA)
Based in Mexico
RAPAM / CAATA has the mission to promote the progressive phase-out of hazardous chemicals that threaten human health and the environment, and to change public policy to support alternatives including agroecological agriculture, clean production and exercising rights for a healthy and toxics-free environment for the present and future generations.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Association d'Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations (AEEFG)
Based in Tunisia
The AEEFG (Environmental Education for Future Generations Association) was set up in 2011. It works in the field of environmental education and has cooperation with educational institutions as pupils, students and teachers. It mainly aims to improve and disseminate best practices in the environment for youth and children by spreading awareness about chemical hazards. The main activities are: education and training on environmental issues such as chemical hazards like POPs, pesticides, lead in paint, EDCs, and waste; school projects for environmental empowerment, leading to better descriptions and understandings of environmental problems; developing comprehensive activities to provide permanent assistance to pupils through the school year; encouraging volunteers to plant trees; and bringing awareness about chemical impacts.
Based in India
Toxics Link is an environmental NGO, dedicated to bring toxics-related information into the public domain, both relating to struggles and problems at the grassroots level as well as global information to the local levels. We work with other groups around the country as well as internationally in an understanding that this will help bring the experience of the ground to the fore, and lead to a more meaningful articulation of issues.
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Southeast and East Asia
Based in the Philippines
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.