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International Chemicals talks highlight health sector involvement, EDCs and milestones to achieving 2020 goal

HEAL is participating in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM’s) meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the IPEN network to share successes from the health sector and advocate for milestones to minimise health effects from chemical pollution.

The meeting, known as the Second Open Ended Working Group (OEWG2), is currently preparing the agenda and priorities for the next International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), planned for 2015.

In the run-up to the meeting, IPEN prepared a summary statement of its views on issues that are being discussed at the OEWG2 including, but not limited to, chemicals in products, lead in paint, electronic and electrical products, EDCs, and nanotechnology. The ‘Quick Views’ document are available in multiple languages here.

Joint interventions

Several joint interventions have been given so far by NGOs including:

  • An IPEN Intervention on EDCs was given by Alexandra Caterbow, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) (shown below)

    HEAL gave another intervention on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) highlighting the severe harm and effects they can bring to those most vulnerable such as children and women. Many HHP are also EDCs, as highlighted in the PAN and IPEN materials.

In the intervention, HEAL supported the idea of the ‘polluter pays’, rather than the health systems or even worse the health of those communities and individuals using highly hazardous pesticides paying the unpaid health bill. HEAL strongly supports the need to develop a proposal for a Global Alliance to Phase-out HHPs.

To read all interventions by NGOs and IPEN network members, see

Photo left: Saturday HEALers, Lisette van Vliet and Genon Jensen, participated in the IPEN prep meeting

Originally posted on 17 December 2014

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