The Environmental Citizenship Program ECP under Bahrain Women Association – For Human Development was invited to attend the Regional Meeting for Arab Region Organizations held by IPEN, a leading global network on environmental and public health issues. Ms. Mahnaz Kadhemi represented ECP in this event held on 31st October to 2nd November, 2017 in the Republic of Tunisia.
Participants focused on the main objectives of the meeting which was to raise awareness on issues related to human exposure to chemicals and in particular the risks of mercury and lead. Such Chemicals exist in many human activities which increases the risk of it being exposed to both directly and indirectly.
For example: Vaccination Serums, dyes, pesticides, soaps, cosmetics and jewelry products (Especially the traditional ones), batteries, thermometers, some light bulbs, fish, marine species and most importantly the surrounding air where the body inhales 80% of the chemicals emitted from mercury and lead products.
Ms. Kadhemi stated “The information I have acquired is a new addition to the Environmental Citizenship Program and an opportunity to expand the awareness messages we spread in our community, in order to work together for a poison-free future”.
She also added “Through my participations in working groups which included specialists in the chemical fields, appropriate and practical plans have been developed to support the recommendations and outputs of international treaties related to chemical issues such as the Minamata Conventions on Mercury (global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury). All of the above falls under the implementation plan for Chemicals and Waste Management for the years post 2020. Plans and recommendations need to ensure all measures work on preventing or minimizing the significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.”
Kadhemi confirmed that this contribution is essential to achieving the three dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (economic, social and environmental) and urged all participants to initiate awareness campaigns and activities to activate these recommendations. It is worth mentioning that the organizers of the meeting stressed on the importance of maintain sustainable links and networks between participants in this regional meeting. They also recommended creating joint events and activities and to share relevant data on different occasions in addition to arrange common movements which involve countries of West Asia and North Africa.