The workshop was organized in cooperation between Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO) and BCRC-SEA/SCRC Indonesia, and collaborated with the 7th International Seminar of the Asian Asbestos Initiative (AAI). The 7th AAI was sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences and coordinated by University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan.
The workshop was participated by representatives from governments, UNEP/SRC, ILO, WHO, universities, hospitals, research institutions and private sectors in Asia with total of 65 participants.
The objectives of this workshop are:
a) To present and discuss common issues found as a result of the pilot projects carried out in the Philippines, Indonesia and China;
b) Raise awareness on the recently developed universally accessible toolkit for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases (ARDs). The toolkit will thus serve as a core resource to provide information on the management of asbestos at all stages of its lifecycle, especially the risks associated with continuing exposure to asbestos, while countries develop strategies to limit uses;
c) To encourage participants to develop draft proposals to improve industrial chemicals management infrastructure and activities, particularly those related to asbestos.
The workshop will also contribute to the efforts by countries in the Asian Pacific region to strengthen their capacities to meeting their obligations under the WHO and the Basel, Rotterdam and ILO Conventions and thus, minimize asbestos-related diseases (ARDs).