Vietnam successfully held South East Asia ban asbestos conference

Đăng lúc: 01/11/2018 16:35

          From 12/9 to 14/9/2018, LPSD-the coordinator of Action Group for Justice, Health and Environment collaborating with Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and Australia's Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) held "2018 South East Asia ban asbestos conference". 100 delegates from Vietnam and ten other Asia Pacific countries took part in the conference.

             The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have concluded that asbestos is a carcinogen in humans, especially causing lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and other lung diseases such as asbestosis. In 2004, WHO estimated that every year there were over 100.000 deaths due to exposure to asbestos. In addition, Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) have estimated that asbestos results in 220,000 deaths per year. This study also shows that 2000 deaths per year caused by asbestos in Vietnam. Recently, 64 countries in the world have banned the use of chrysotile asbestos.


          On 1/1/2018, Prime Minister signed the Resolution 01/NQ-CP in which assigned the Ministry of Construction " Creating a plan to stop the use of white asbestos to stop the production of asbestos roofing sheet". However, Mr Hoang Xuan Luong- former Deputy Minister, Vice-chairman of Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and Chairman of the Action Group for Justice, Health and Environment said that some interest groups have prolonged the implementation, making asbestos still widely used in industrial products, especially in Fribro cement in Vietnam. In fact, more than 95% asbestos roofing sheet has been distributed to ethnic minorities and mountainous areas, causing a dangerous environment for ethnic minority people.

For these above reasons, The Conference was held to find solutions to implement the Vietnam Government's Resolution of banning asbestos before 2023; create a global network to promote activities stopping the use of white asbestos; supplement the contents of the Rotterdam Convention, making the ban on asbestos becomes human race act.

Issues related to the plan of banning asbestos was presented and discussed at Conference: Opportunities and challenges of banning asbestos in Vietnam, scientific evidence of the harmful effect of asbestos; the replacement of asbestos; the experience of handle and replacement of asbestos in Australia; the experience of banning asbestos in Japan.

                                                                                                                      Tue An, Phuong Thao


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