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IDEA and WECF: Women´s Major Group intervention on chemicals at UNEP Governing Council

The Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) and Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) spoke on behalf of the Women’s Major Group at the UNEP Governing Council last month on chemicals.

They highlighted that hazardous chemicals are a major concern for our health, and should become a goal area in the Sustainable Development Goals (a recent outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20).

The Women’s group called on the UNEP Governing Council to put the ban of the most hazardous pesticides as an urgent priority decision on the agenda. Women can be differently affected by pesticides, for example the increase of breast-cancer worldwide is a great problem and science shows a clear link with pollutants. Women also transmit these harmful chemicals to their child during pregnancy and breastfeeding often contributing to irreversible lifelong diseases and disabilities.

The women’s major group also highlighted endocrine-disruptors (EDCs) as a major concern and reiterated the importance of a recent WHO/UNEP report on the growing concerns related to potential adverse effects of anthropogenic chemicals on human and wildlife health.

Originally posted on 14 March 2013

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