We delighted to announce that our Executive Director -Joe Bongay will be speaking at the IPEN ANGLOPHONE AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING from the 4 – 5 FEB in BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA . He will be sharing his knowledge , best practices and contribute to the strategies on regional POs priorities for sound management chemicals towards toxic-free future in the Anglophone Africa (AA) Region.
Further more , Joe Bongay will be also participating in the IPEN’s 2020 Global Meeting and Forum on Chemicals & Waste convene in Ethiopia from the 6th – 10th of February 2020 respectively . These two events will bring together some of the most influential NGO activists and leading institutions focused on protecting human health and the environment today.
The thematic framework for both the Global Meeting and Forum is structured around the programmatic goals defined in IPEN’s 2020 Global Plan, namely:
- Reduce and Eliminate the World’s Most Hazardous Chemicals
Stockholm and Basel Conventions
- Halt the Spread of Toxic Metals
Lead and Mercury
- Emerging International Chemical Issues, Policies & Strategies
SAICM Beyond 2020 Chemicals/Waste Global Policy Regime, plus emerging cross-cutting areas for exploration
(Toxics & Fossil Fuels; Fisheries/ Ocean Pollutants; Plastic; Gender Equality)
- Global Capacity & Movement Building
Skill-sharing, strategic partnerships, outreach and organizational/technical/policy trainings
Key themes to be presented include: International Policy; POPs; EDCs; Mercury; Lead; Waste (toxic recycling, incineration, cement kilns & contaminated sites); Pesticides (Highly Hazardous Pesticides & Agroecology); Toxic Plastics (extraction; petrochemical, production; products; recycling; waste & disposal); Toxic Pollutants & the Fossil Fuel Economy; Ocean Pollutants & Fisheries; and Women & Chemicals.
The meeting is expected to stimulate rich discussion and cross-cultural interactions among IPEN members and partners that broaden and deepen the collaborative global movement for a toxics-free future.
The IPEN Global Meeting and Forum is expecting the participation of 120 environmental and health leaders; international health and science experts; and government and UN agency representatives from over 60 countries.
These various events is expected to advance IPEN’s mission of working locally and globally to ensure a just and healthy future for everyone by eliminating harm to human health and the environment from toxic chemicals.
Joe S Bongay is an environmental activist and a trained professional in social & environmental Sector Planning and Management .He leads human rights and environment advocacy agenda, supporting policies and programmes that promotes innovations, environmental sustainability, sustainable economic development and green job creation.
Report by : YVE Gambia Communications Unit