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GAHP Updates: Aug/Sept 2016

The next GAHP annual meeting will take place on October 6, 2016. For details about attending, please contact [email protected]

New and Noteworthy

  • New Report: Duty To Prevent Childhood Exposures

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, has released his 2016 report on our collective “Duty To Prevent Childhood Exposures” from toxic chemicals and hazardous waste.

The report highlights the adverse impacts of childhood exposures to toxicants, the critical need to prevent exposures, and the existence of tested and tried solutions. It calls for nations to prioritize this issue as part of their obligations and commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the the Child, and issues some excellent recommendations to states, businesses and the international community as a whole.

  • New Report: Death In The Air/The Cost Of Air Pollution

The World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released a new report that found that global air pollution comes with a staggering price tag–$255 billion is the estimated cost each year associated with loss of labor caused by air pollution-related illnesses and death. See below or click here for a great infographic.

  • In The News

Several fantastic articles have been published recently highlighting the impacts of pollution on human health, including a photo essay “Ghana’s Tech Dump: The Untold Story,” which spotlights the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump site (a previous GAHP pilot project), and a New York Times piece on the Poisoning of Children Around the World, among others.

  • Toxic Sites Identification Program Updates

GAHP member Pure Earth is ramping up its efforts globally on the Toxic Sites Identification Program and pilot projects. Madagascar and Thailand are the first two GAHP member countries to embark on a health and pollution planning process.

If your country is interested to learn more or to do a Health and Pollution Plan, contact [email protected].

GAHP Welcomes New Members

Have you heard about the International Center for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS)? Our newest GAHP member, ICCSS is an international reference training center and forum for knowledge and expertise exchange related to best practices and cooperation among specialists in chemical and environmental safety and security.

ICCSS offers governments, industry and academia a unique approach by integrating and promoting chemical safety and security, and environmental protection.

Among other services, ICCSS provides practical solutions in the development and implementation of chemical and environmental safety and security programs, including training on chemical safety and security, cybersecurity and business continuity, professional assistance in chemical safety and security management, and chemical plant safety and security audits.

ICCSS runs CHEMSS, the annual global summit on chemical safety and security. ICCSS also promotes a worldwide mark ChemFriendly.

We welcome the ICCSS to the GAHP.  See our growing list of members.

Opportunities for Involvement  

  • Review The Upcoming Report

If you haven’t yet participated in the review of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development draft report, it is not too late. Contact [email protected] to become a reviewer for the next iteration, which will be sent to reviewers for final comments in October.

  • e-Learning

UNITAR’s GHS e-Learning course on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS will run from 26 September – 7 December 2016.

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