EDC Report August 2013

We are pleased to announce a new publication on non-communicable diseases, resulting from a cooperation of WECF, HEAL, SustainLabour and IPEN, with the Regional Office for Europe of UNEP. The publication entitled ‘Non-Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants’ is available to view here.

NGO priorities for the review of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution

This paper gathers the views of 60 environmental, health and citizens’ NGOs from across the EU which came together to submit their input to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution. Below are the three priorities for which we would like to see legislative action in 2013. 4 [...]

Environmental Chemicals

The universal contamination of the eco-sphere by synthetic chemicals in the past 150 years or so has emerged as one of the greatest threats to the health and survival of all living things on planet earth. This has been officially recognized in recent years – initiated by Rachel Carson’s seminal book “Silent Spring” – and [...]

Common diseases linked to chemical exposures before birth

Paris/Brussels, 16 May 2012 – Exposure to environmental contaminants in the womb may result in many individuals being more susceptible to serious disease later in life, according to a consensus statement released at a scientific conference, which closes in Paris today. The draft consensus statement represents the current outcome of the conference, “PPTox III, Environmental stressors [...]

Statement of the 8th Global Civil Society Committee to the 24th UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, Nairobi, Kenya

Introduction This statement has been prepared by the Global Civil Society Committee (GCSC) for the 24th UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) to be held in February 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. The statement is the product of harmonizing discussions that took place across six regional civil society consultation processes convened by UNEP between October [...]

Toxic Crimes: Examining corporate victimization of the general public

“These findings are enough to establish that corporations and industries that produce pesticides and dioxins show a blatant disregard for the effects of their products and by-products on human and animal populations. The fact that corporations continue to choose to produce commodities and waste that generate such a potential threat is a sign of their [...]