Africa Regional Meeting on SAICM
IPEN Team at the Africa SAICM Regional Meeting, Accra, Ghana, 27-29 June 2022 Right hand Dr. Leslie Adogame (SRADev – Nigeria) Mr. Kwame Ofori (AKO Foundation Ghana) Ms. Semia Gharbi (AEEFG, Tunisia) Left hand Mr. Silvani Mng’anya (AGENDA, Tanzania) Dr. Gilbert Kuepouo (CREPD, Cameroon) Ms. Adetonah Sounkoura (GAPROFFA, Benin) Mr. Emmanuel Odjam-Akumatey (Ecological Restoration, Ghana). The aim of the Regional Meeting (also convened in other regions) was to undertake strategic discussions to prepare for the fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and wastes beyond 2020. This included among others discussion on items not considered during the Virtual Working Groups (VWGs) and the outcomes of the VWGs, logistics for IP4 and regional representation given the funding limitation.
The new instrument will succeed if there is sustainable financing. The Region, among others means, noted the need for full Secretariat funding to enable developing countries to implement the new SAICM instrument, and financial mechanism to include but not limit to industry contribution from its annual revenue, institute the Polluter pays principle and internalization of cost.
- International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, 23–29 October 2022 Check the IPEN Lead Paint page for updates in early October
- Plastics Treaty INC 1, 28 November – 2 December 2022 (a multi-stakeholder forum will be organized on 26 November)
Location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
Check IPEN’s Plastics Treaty page for Quick Views and other updates in November
Uganda: COVID-19 Chemicals and Waste
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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.
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.
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