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IGHC Research Seminar Series

Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., L.R. Wilson Hall 1003, McMaster University,Toxic-free Future: Health and Environmental Justice for Chemical Safety, Dr. Olga Speranskaya, the Goldman Environmental Prize Winner (2009), CoChair of IPEN

Feb 02, 2018

Toxic-free Future: Health and Environmental Justice for Chemical Safety

International agreements for chemical safety, including the Rotterdam, Stockholm, Basel and Minamata Conventions and SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management) are well connected to key human rights laws and advance a number of human rights and related principles. These agreements advance the right to information, the right to participation in decision making, the right to clean water and air, to health, food and others. While a clear connection between chemical safety and human rights exists, global data indicates rapidly growing pressure on the environment and human health from toxic chemicals and wastes. We are witnessing an epidemic burden of disease and disability associated with exposures to toxic chemicals causing irreversible changes in the current generation and impacts the life of generations to come.

About the Speaker

Olga Speranskaya has been a Co-Chair of IPEN since 2010, a network of hundreds of Participating Organizations working on chemical safety in over 100 countries. IPEN addresses toxic chemicals under four chemical conventions, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Olga is also a Board member of Women and Environments International magazine (WEI) which is a unique Canadian magazine that examines women's multiple relations to their environments - natural, built and social - from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. Their latest issue on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining: Women and Health is available at

Upcoming IGHC Research Seminar Series:

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    Speaker: Professor John Clarke, Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor