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«Հայ կանայք հանուն առողջության և առողջ շրջակա միջավայրի» հասարակական կազմակերպությունը ս/թ.-ի նոյեմբերի 1-ից հայտարարում է շինարարական աշխատանքների իրականացման մրցույթ՝ Արմավիրի մարզի Ապագա և Ջրառատ և Արարատի մարզի Բերքանուշ համայնքներում ոռոգման ջրագծի և Արարատի մարզի Տափերական համայնքում խմելու ջրի ջրագծի անցկացման համար:

Կից ներկայացվում են Ապագա, Ջրառատ և Բերքանուշ համայնքների ոռոգման ջրագծի և Տափերական համայնքի խմելու ջրի ջրագծի կառուցման ծավալաթերթերն ու նախագծերը:

Հայտերն անհրաժեշտ է ներկայացնել մինչև 2019թ.–ի նոյեմբերի 10-ը, ժամը 14:00–ն:

 Հայտերը ներկայացնել «Հայ կանայք հանուն առողջության և առողջ շրջակա միջավայրի» հասարակական կազմակերպության գրասենյակ (հասցե` ՀՀ, ք. Երևան, Բաղրամյան պող. 24բ, 3-րդ հարկ, հեռախոս՝ (+374 10) 52 36 04) կամ ուղարկել qnarikgrigoryan@mail.ru էլեկտրոնային հասցեին:

Ստորև ներկայացված են համայնքների ոռոգման ջրագծերի կառուցման ծավալաթերթն ու  նախագիծը (սեղմել համայնքի անվան վրա՝ կցված փաստաթղթերը տեսնելու համար):

Ստորև ներկայացված են խմելու ջրի ջրագծի կառուցման ծավալաթերթն ու նախագիծը (սեղմել համայնքի անվան վրա՝ կցված փաստաթղթերը տեսնելու համար):

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, a voluntary partnership formed by UN Environment and the World Health Organization to prevent exposure to lead, by promoting the phase-out of paints containing lead.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week takes place every year during the last week of October. The purpose of the campaign week is to raise awareness of the need for action to address the human health effects of exposure to lead, especially in relation to children. A particular focus of the campaign week is to urge further action by governments, industry and consumers to eliminate lead paint.

On the eve of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which begins this year on October 20, two countries, Israel and Bangladesh, have passed laws limiting the lead content in paint at 90 ppm. Thus, the total number of countries regulating the production, import and sale of lead-containing paints has reached seventy-three.

Israel has set a limit of 90 ppm for all types of paints. Bangladesh has passed a law restricting lead content only in decorative paints, in particular for painting internal and external surfaces in homes, schools, public and commercial premises, as well as toys, furniture and playgrounds.

The most effective way to prevent the use of lead in paints is to enact national laws and legally binding standards prohibiting the use of lead additives in paints. At a minimum, countries should stop the production, import and sale of household decorative lead paints and consider limiting lead in all types of paints.

Lead-based paint is one of the sources of exposure to lead in children around the world. This issue has been identified as an emerging policy issue of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Lead poisoning causes mental retardation in approximately 600,000 children a year and can have health consequences throughout life.

Source: https://www.who.int/ipcs/lead_campaign/en/ http://sdg.iisd.org/news/israel-bangladesh-adopt-legislation-to-limit-lead-in-paint/

https://www.who.int/ipcs/lead_campaign/ru/

In the framework of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), AWHHE representative participated in the third meeting of the intersessional process for SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 from 1 to 4 October in Bangkok, Thailand.

Below is summary of the meeting outcome by the SAICM Secretariat:

Outcomes of IP3

 

The meeting was structured around four important thematic areas: targets, milestones and indicators; institutional arrangements; mechanisms to support implementation; and financial considerations. As the week progressed, participants made a number of important advances in each area which will serve as an important contribution towards the preparation of recommendations on the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste beyond 2020 for consideration at ICCM5.

 

We would like to highlight a number of key outcomes from the meeting:

  •  The secretariat was requested to consolidate the outputs of IP3 into a draft for deliberation at the fourth meeting of the intersessional process (IP4), under the guidance of the IP co-chairs and in consultation with the ICCM5 Bureau.
  •  The Government of Germany offered to host a special workshop before IP4 to discuss a possible enhanced enabling framework for beyond 2020.
  •  A technical working group on targets, milestones and indicators was established to support further work in this area between now and IP4. Further details on this are forthcoming.
  •  The secretariat was requested to prepare proposals for submission to IP4 for a potential name of the future instrument.

 In-Session documentation and information is available for all at the following link:

http://saicm.org/Beyond2020/IntersessionalProcess/ThirdIntersessionalmeeting/Insessiondocuments/tabid/8141/language/en-US/Default.aspx  

 

Meeting coverage by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin: http://enb.iisd.org/chemical/saicm/iccm5/ip3/about.html  

 

(Press Release)

Yerevan, 8 October 2019. The “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO (AWHHE) launched “Encouraging young specialists to power the agri-food value chains and building sustainable business models” project jointly with the University of Chile, Energy Center (CE-FCFM). It is funded through the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) programme of the One Planet Network. The SLE programme is co-led by the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Government of Sweden, represented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) respectively. The project was selected through an open call for proposals for Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme with the financial support of the Government of Japan.

The project will contribute to the SLE programme by developing and replicating sustainable lifestyles in the academic and economic areas. In the academic area, the project will develop the Sustainable Rural Internship/Academic Program in cooperation with the Institute of Energy and Electrical Engineering of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia. The micropilot to be conducted in Solak community under this project will develop Sustainable Business Models for agri-food value chains. “The university students will work jointly with the Solak community to seek and introduce various clean energy solutions along the agri-food chains that are most popular among the Solak farmers,” said Dr. Elena Manvelyan, President of the Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment NGO.

“The project will develop sustainable solutions for communities and young entrepreneurs, through the use of renewable and clean resources in small scale, adding value to the local agri-food production” said Dr. Marcelo Matus, Senior Researcher of the Energy Center in the University of Chile, and added: “The partnership between the university and the community will allow empowering young professionals and local agri-food producers to adopt sustainable lifestyles.”

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Elena Manvelyan, President of the Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment NGO, office@awhhe.am

 

 

On September 24, 2019, at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum, the “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO celebrated the 20th anniversary of its foundation. Representatives of the Ministries of the Republic of Armenia, international organizations in Armenia, NGOs and foreign guests attended the event. During the event, Aram Asatryan (violin), Yana Daryan (viola), Hasmik Ter-Antonyan (piano) and Gohar Nersisyan (vocal) performed the works of world-famous composers.

http://awhhe.am/anniversary20/anniversary20-eng.pptx

http://awhhe.am/anniversary20/anniversary20-outcome-eng.pptx

The 24th World Water Week was held from 25 to 30 August 2019 in Stockholm, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year’s World Water Week addressed the topic: Water for society, including all.
GWP, SIWI, UNICEF and UNECE organized the session “How to increase impact of WASH sector diagnosis tools” This event presented a unique opportunity to bring together practitioners, designers, and donors to co-explore solutions for enhanced implementation of WASH services. In a live chat show style debate, speakers presented approaches and processes needed to ensure WASH sector tools achieve success in planning, inclusive access, increased water governance, and enhanced climate resilience from their country perspectives.
The Armenian experience in drafting legislative changes on equitable access to water and sanitation supported by EU funded EUWI+ programme was showcased! The presentation was made by Ms. Emma Anakhasyan, Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO. In the meantime, more information on the event is available via this link: https://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/8482-how-to-increase-the-impact-of-wash-sector-diagnosis-tools

Представитель AWHHE приняла участие в двухдневом семинаре Международной сети НПО по ликвидации загрязнителей ( IPEN), который завершился в Волгограде 20августа 2019 года. Семинар проводили IPEN, “Эко-Согласие” – координационный центр IPEN в регионе Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии (ВЕКЦА) и Информационный центр “Волгоград-Экопресс”.

Обсуждалась работа организаций – членов IPEN и общественных организаций Волгограда, Волжского, Ростова, Саратова, Краснодара, занимающихся решением сложных задач безопасного обращения с отходами, доступом к экологической информации, участием общественности в принятии экологически значимых решений. Была представлена работа IPEN на международном уровне, а также конкретные проекты организаций – членов сети в разных странах и их участие в глобальных кампаниях IPEN.

Участники встречи рассмотрели новые тенденции в работе общественных организаций ВЕКЦА, общие и специфические проблемы, с которыми сталкиваются НПО региона. В частности, внимание было уделено важности совместной работы общественных организаций для решения проблем безопасной утилизации отходов, включая пластиковые отходы и отходы 1-2 классов опасности.

Особое внимание было уделено участию НПО в выполнении четырех химических конвенций, а именно: Стокгольмской, Базельской, Роттердамской и Минаматской. Обсуждались проблемы реализации Конвенций в странах ВЕКЦА, а именно, в Армении, Украине, Кыргызстане и России. Представители НПО рассказали об итогах выполнения проектов, направленных на мониторинг содержания ртути в организме человека и в рыбе. Подчеркивалась актуальность мониторинга источников ртутного загрязнения и последствий воздействия ртути на здоровье людей. 

Участники семинара обсудили также вопросы воздействия токсичных химических веществ на здоровье женщин и причины, по которым эта проблема становится все более актуальной. Большой интерес вызывала презентация “Гендерная экспертиза проектов нормативных правовых актов в области химической безопасности”, с которой выступила представитель НПО Кыргызстана “Независимая экологическая экспертиза”. Впервые был поднят вопрос о важности проведения такой экспертизы, даны советы по ее выполнению силами общественных организаций. 

Во второй день семинара была проведена экскурсия в Центр Экологического контроля, действующего в Волгограде. Центр помогает осуществлять общественный контроль экологической ситуации в Волгограде и других городах России, оказывает экологические консультации, ведет экспертную работу. Практически ежедневно в Центр обращаются жители Волгограда, которые жалуются на загрязнение воздуха, вызванного работой нефтехимических предприятий Лукойл и Каустик. Благодаря данным, полученным в лаборатории Центра, жители могут аргументировать свои жалобы и обращаться в администрацию компаний и города с требованиями принять срочные меры по недопущению токсичных выбросов.

По результатам дискуссии на семинаре принято решение подготовить Платформу для создания безопасной окружающей среды, представляющую собой рекомендации НПО по ключевым вопросам обеспечения химической безопасности. По мнению участников семинара, в действующем химическом законодательстве стран ВЕКЦА необходима фундаментальная реформа для защиты людей и, в первую очередь, наиболее уязвимых групп населения, а именно, детей, женщин, пожилых, инвалидов, рабочих. В качестве первоочередной задачи следует принять меры по поэтапному отказу от наиболее опасных химических веществ, разработке безопасных альтернатив, защите сообществ с высокой степенью риска и обеспечению того, чтобы лица, ответственные за создание и использование опасных химических веществ, несли полную финансовую ответственность за устранение ущерба здоровью людей и окружающей среде.

Кроме того, участники семинара решили подготовить Заявление НПО о необходимости принятия срочных мер по прекращению производства, импорта и использования глифосата. В частности, НПО рекомендуют:

 

1. Разработать поэтапный план полного отказа от глифосата в странах ВЕКЦА,как на бытовом уровне, так и для сельского хозяйства.

2. Запретить в странах региона импорт и продажу глифосата и содержащих его препаратов;

3. Проводить мониторинг импортируемых подобных химических препаратов; Запретить производство глифосата на территории стран ВЕКЦА, как опаснейшего химического яда, который может вызвать изменения в организме человека, не совместимые с жизнью;

4. Продолжать дальнейшее исследование вредного воздействия глифосата – в частности, на эндокринную систему человека;

5.  Использовать другие меры для уничтожения сорняков на основе менее токсичных препаратов, а также агроэкологии и традиционных знаний, включая косьбу, вспашку и чередование культур;

6. Проводить информационный кампании и акции, направленные на снижение применения глифосата и глифосат содержащих препаратов в регионе.

Все презентации, сделанные во время семинара, размещены на сайте “Эко-Согласия” по адресу:

http://www.ecoaccord.org/pop/index.htm

Dear Dr.Manvelyan,

On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland 
and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva,
Switzerland,  we would like to express our appreciation for the work
your Organization did for the International Lead Poisoning Prevention
Week in 2018.

It is gratifying to see that we are all working towards one goal:
eliminating lead from paint.  Awareness is increasing, which is also
thanks to your work.

Please accept the attached Certificate of Gratitude signed by high-level
officials in both our Organizations.

Keep up the good work.

With kind regards.

Dr Evelyn Kortum – Technical Officer – Chemical Safety Team Department
of Public Health, Environment and other Determinants of Health (PHE)
Cluster for Climate, Environment and other Determinants of Health (CED)

(Prague, Brussels, February 21st): The European Parliament and Council decision on the reform of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation announced this week, hailed as protective for health, will keep children exposed to hazardous flame-retardant chemicals associated with thyroid disruption and neurological deficits. Under the reformed Regulation, high levels of hazardous brominated flame retardants that are present in electronics waste, including those already banned by the Stockholm Convention, will be allowed in recycled plastics.  

The new rules allow 500 mg/kg of brominated flame retardants listed for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention in mixtures and articles.  Environmental health researchers from Arnika, HEAL, and IPEN have demonstrated that toxic brominated flame retardants are entering the waste stream from discarded electronics. These chemicals, known to disrupt the thyroid function and cause neurological and attention deficits in children, were found in a concerning number of children’s products and other consumer products made from recycled plastics across Europe. With this limit, the European Parliament and Council accept to leave our children at risk of exposure to persistent organic pollutants – chemicals that the Stockholm Convention aims to eliminate globally due to health and environmental concerns.

The recent report Toxic Loophole: Recycling Hazardous Waste into New Products found that 92 % of laboratory tested consumer products, including toys, purchased in 19 European countries are contaminated with flame retardants known as BDEs (which primarily come from recycled electronic waste). Ironically, this decision means that 64 % of the tested products will be legal because of the unreasonably high limit set by the EU. 

 “The EU’s agreed limit of 500 mg/kg for these substances in mixtures and articles is a permission slip to contaminate children’s toys with toxic flame retardants. Do members of the European Parliament and Council find it acceptable that our children play with persistent organic pollutants designated for global elimination?” asked study lead author Jitka Strakova, a researcher from Arnika who specializes in POPs.

The limits set in the European Parliament and Council agreement constitute a loophole, say researchers, that will allow a set of toxic chemicals to persist and harm health.

“Recycling toxic chemicals into new products undermines the entire concept of a circular economy. This calls for strong action from European decision-makers to eliminate them once and for all. BDEs are nothing to play with. Those endocrine disruptors are responsible for attention and neurological deficits in children,” said Genon Jensen, co-author of the study and Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).  

 “The new EU rules conflict with obligations under the Stockholm Convention which prohibit the recycling of articles containing DecaBDE, “said Joe DiGangi, Senior Science and Technical Advisor at IPEN. “This sets the stage for a conflict at the upcoming Conference of the Parties by positioning the EU as advocates for toxic recycling.”  

Dioxins, another group of highly hazardous substances, can form unintentionally when plastics containing flame retardant chemicals are heated and remolded in the recycling process. The study Toxic Soup: Dioxins in Plastic Toys demonstrates that contamination through the recycling of BDEs also introduces dioxins into recycled plastics products, which is an additional reason to keep BDEs out of waste.

“Dioxin content in a toy tested from Germany contained levels similar to those found in waste incineration fly ash. Brominated dioxins are highly hazardous chemicals that are known to affect brain development, damage the immune system and unborn children, increase the risk of cancer and risk disruption of thyroid function,” explains Jindrich Petrlik, the lead author of the study, Executive Director of Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme, and Co-Chair of IPEN’s Dioxin, PCBs, and Waste Working Group. “POPs wastes are highly hazardous and need to be strictly controlled. The EU has failed to do that.”

Contact:

Jitka Strakova, Arnika Association, jitka.strakova@arnika.org, tel.: +420 777 266 386

Laura Weide, IPEN, lauravyda@ipen.org, tel: +1 510 387 1739

Elke Zander, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), elke@env-health.org, tel.: +32 (0)2 234 36 47

 

Notes to editor:

Arnika Association is a Czech non-governmental organisation established in 2001. Its mission is to protect nature and a healthy environment for future generations both at home and abroad. Since its beginnings, Arnika has worked on protection of consumers from chemically hazardous products. Lately, Arnika has been conducting its own research focusing on toxic chemicals in consumer products; mainly toys and childcare products. Arnika serves as the Regional Hub for Central and Eastern Europe for IPEN.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. HEAL’s EU Transparency Register Number: 00723343929-96

IPEN is a global network of more than 500 health and environmental public interest organizations in over 100 countries, working to eliminate the world’s most harmful chemicals to create a toxics-free future. IPEN’s EU Transparency Register Number: 157269723532-97

 

 

EcoLur

On 10 December, Czech scientists presented in Yerevan the findings of the research they carried out in Akhtala, Alaverdi and Shnogh communities in Lori Region in the frames of ‘Industrial Pollution in Lori Region’ conference.

Still in the summer, the Czech specialists took samples from community land areas, riverbed, residents’ hair, as well as eggs from households during their visit to Akhtala, Alaverdi and Shnogh communities. The samples were researched at University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague.

The research has been carried out in the frames of ‘Involvement of Civil Society in Armenia in Decision-making in Mining’ project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and implemented by Czech ‘Arnika’ organization,  ‘Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment’ and ‘EcoLur’ Information NGOs.

Under the findings, the pollution with heavy metals is rather high, it impacts the environment and human health. The Czech scientists discovered a new risk  – a carcinogenic chemical substance, dioxin, in the eggs of the hens kept by the residents.

The Head of Consular Service of the Czech Republic to Armenia, First Secretary Ani Shaginyanova said that the mission of ‘Arnika’ organization is to monitor the situation in Armenia, to support the residents who live near the mines and the tailing dumps. The experts can submit their proposals on the solution to the problems to the Armenian Government (video).

President of ‘Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment’ NGO Yelena Manvelyan outlined, ‘Unfortunately, there is monitoring carried out in our country on the pollution of soil, animal products, human hair with heavy metals. The information received as a result of this project gives a new impulse. The availability of high concentration of dioxin in the eggs shall attract the attention of the competent bodies,’ Yelena Manvelyan said (video).  

Inga Zarafyan, President of ‘EcoLur’ Informational NGO stress out that a political will is needed to solve the problems. ‘From now on we have a new parliament and we will soon have a new government. The solution to these problems requires a political will.’

Alaverdi plant has been operated with the equipment dating back to the 17th century: nothing has been changed there for a long time except for the location of the chimney. Here we deal with cheap and dangerous technologies. In this regard, both the business and the government shall be held liable, as the alarm signals have always been beaten, but there has been no relevant response. Now we have a new challenge – the availability of dioxin and the intoxication reaches an unacceptable state.

Teghout mine resulted in having newly polluted land areas and newly polluted rivers. Now the mine has a new owner, a new operator has been appointed, a Russian company, which doesn’t mention anything about Teghout on its official website. It’s unclear what kind of relationships and obligations they have towards the community. In this regard as well, we should receive clarifications from the government.’ (video). 

19:26 December 10, 2018

Source: https://www.ecolur.org/en/news/mining/–/10651/