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Businesses Report Carbon Emissions, Why Not Pollution and Health Impacts?

By Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth, Secretariat for the GAHP. Mandatory reporting of carbon emissions is the law for many businesses in some 40 countries worldwide. But reporting of companies’ impact on pollution and health is unheard of, even though pollution has been confirmed as the largest environmental cause of premature death and disease in […]

Madagascar Moves Forward: UNICEF and Pure Earth Bring Stakeholders Together, Funding Secured For Pollution Programs

In July 2019, UNICEF organized a meeting with GAHP Secretariat Pure Earth in Madagascar that brought together over 66 representatives from more than 34 agencies, organizations and businesses to discuss the country’s pollution challenges and solutions. The meeting attracted much national attention, including reports in CNBC Africa and  L’Hebdo, highlighting the country’s commitment to fighting pollution. “The high […]

HPAP Update: 7 Countries Complete Process

In addition to Madagascar, here is what is happening with HPAP in other countries: Colombia: HPAP has been completed, validated and adopted by the government as policy. Concept notes are being developed into proposals and presented to development partners. Read more. Thailand: HPAP validation meeting took place in early 2019. Financing secured for new program aimed at […]

Laying Out GAHP’s Plan at the OECD

In June 2019, Richard Fuller, President of Pure Earth, Secretariat for the GAHP, called on OECD members to take action to address the pollution crisis, noting that the foreign aid budgets of bilateral development agencies direct only meager resources to controlling pollution and preventing diseases caused by pollution. “It’s time to begin including modern pollution investments in Development […]

GAHP 2017/2018 Annual Report is Out

The latest GAHP annual report covers accomplishments achieved over 2017 and 2018. This includes the groundbreaking report from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health and its wide-ranging impact, from the global campaign, which reached over 2 billion people worldwide, to its success in changing the conversation about pollution across the nonprofit, development, and agency world, […]

GAHP Incorporation Moves Forward

Thanks to support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and UN Environment, more than 24 representatives from 21 different organizations participated in GAHP’s kick-off incorporation meetings in early May in Geneva. Participants gathered to review in detail and approve GAHP’s Statutes and Regulations, and gave the official “go ahead” to proceed with incorporation in Switzerland. Read the minutes […]

Pollution Identified As One of Five Key Drivers Of Biodiversity Loss

A new report from the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) has listed pollution has one of five direct drivers of change in nature with the largest relative global impacts so far. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the report concludes that extinction rates are accelerating, with about one million species […]

Journal of Health and Pollution Grows, Announces Special Edition

In 2019, the Journal of Health and Pollution will publish a special edition focusing on the relationship between climate change and environmental contamination. The suggested deadline for the special edition is February 1, 2019, although manuscripts may be submitted after this date. Submission rates for the journal grew by nearly 50% in 2018, and earned indexing […]

New Report Documents How Pollution Travels Worldwide in Our Air, Water, Food and Products

GAHP began 2019 with a new report–Pollution Knows No Borders—launched on January 8 at a global briefing held simultaneously in New York and London. Thank you to all GAHP members who submitted comments, which were incorporated into the report. Richard Fuller, President of Pure Earth (Secretariat to the GAHP) was joined at the briefing by Gina McCarthy, […]

Madagascar Commits To Combating Pollution

Last week, Madagascar became the first country to complete a GAHP Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP), validated by the national government and officially adopted as policy by the Ministries of Health and Environment. The process, supported by the European Commission, UNIDO and Pure Earth, and led by GAHP member the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and […]

Partnering to Solve Pollution Problems

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