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IEW: Publication on NCDs by HEAL and partners announced in French online

Inter-Environnement Wallonie announced on the web the launch of a joint publication from HEAL, WECF (Women in Europe for a Common Future), Sustainlabour and IPEN (International Pops Elimination Network), in cooperation with UNEP. This publication contains an update on environmental factors contribution to non-communicable diseases (NCD). Exposure to toxic chemicals is an important factor of NCD; 350 000 persons die every year from different toxic exposures from which 2/3rd in developing countries. This is mainly due to higher exposure and inappropriate use of chemicals in developing countries. In those countries, toxic chemicals spread into the environment through industrial processes, mining activities, waste handling and unsustainable agriculture. Besides, people are often exposed to environmental factors through their work. Woman exposure is of great concern, especially when it comes to endocrine disruptors.

The authors of the publication call on authorities to take action and to acknowledge the links between NDC and environmental pollution. Some of the suggestions include speeding up the identification and substitution process of chemicals of high concern such as endocrine disruptors, the strengthening of consumers’ right to know and the enforcement of the polluters-pay principle.

Inter-Environnement Wallonie also underlines the role that citizens can play, for instance via the EDC-Free Europe campaign which aims at reminding the authorities of their role to protect citizens from harmful chemicals.

Originally posted on 27 November 2013

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