3 December 2016, Quezon City, Philippines—BAN Toxics, with support from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), is organizing a workshop entitled Mainstreaming the Rights-based Approach to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes in the Asia Pacific Region from 5-7 December 2016, in Quezon City, Philippines.
This meeting marks the first time that experts and advocates on human rights and chemicals and wastes will come together in a dialogue to seek a common path to bridge the gap between human rights principles and the current chemicals policies in the Asia Pacific. BAN Toxics believes chemicals and wastes must be approached from a human rights perspective to ensure that the rights of all—particularly children and the poor and vulnerable who suffer disproportionate harm from toxics pollution—are upheld.
Representatives from government, non-government and academia from nine Asian countries—East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand—are expected to attend the three-day workshop. Outcomes of the workshop are expected to help inform and guide the development of chemicals policies, and will be published in 2017.