Asbestos industry lobbyists will go to Geneva to sabotage Rotterdam Convention

Sat, May 2, 2015

Asbestos

Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca

Two dozen asbestos industry lobbyists will be attending the Rotterdam Convention conference in Geneva this month to seek to prevent chrysotile asbestos from being put on the Convention’s list of hazardous substances.

The Convention’s committee of scientific experts (the Chemical Review Committee) has repeatedly recommended that chrysotile asbestos should be put on the Convention’s list. This would require countries to obtain Prior Informed Consent before exporting chrysotile asbestos to another country.

Among the lobbyists who will at the Rotterdam Convention conference are four from India, 5 from Russia, 2 from Brazil, 3 from Vietnam, 2 from Ukraine, 1 from Kazakhstan and 5 from the International Chrysotile Association (ICA), which is based in Quebec. Included in the ICA delegation are Clément Godbout, former head of the Canadian Chrysotile Institute, Jean-Marc LeBlond, also formerly a director of the Canadian Chrysotile Institute and a director of the Quebec asbestos company, LAB Chrysotile, and Serge Boislard of the Quebec Pro-Chrysotile Movement.

Below is a list of asbestos industry lobbyists who will be working to sabotage the Convention at the May UN conference in order to protect industry profits.

The asbestos industry and the handful of countries who profit from mining and selling asbestos are continuing their campaign to sabotage the Rotterdam Convention. It is time for the rest of the world to take a strong stand and put a stop to this sabotage.

 

Asbestos industry lobbyists attending May 2015 Rotterdam Convention Conference

 

Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers’ Association (ACPMA)

Mr. Manohar Lal
Director General, Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers’ Association
New Delhi, India
 
Mr. Arun Kumar Saraf
Chairman, Chrysotile Usage and Transportation
UAL Industries LTD.
Kolkata, India
 
Mr. Vivek Chandra Rao Sripalle
Director, Safety, Health and Environment
Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers’ Association
New Delhi, India

 

Asbestos Information Centre

 Mr. Manish Sanghi
Vice Chairman
All Matters Concerning Chrysotile Usage and Transportation
Everest Industries Ltd
New Delhi, India

 

Association Ukrainian Chrysotile Corporation

Mr. Ruslan Koval
Executive director
Association Ukrainian Chrysotile Corporation
 
Mr. Oleksandr Sierkin
Chairman
Association Ukrainian Chrysotile Corporation

 

Chrysotile Association NPO

 Mr. Vladimir Galitsyn
Executive Director
Chrysotile Association NPO
Moscow, Russian Federation
 
Ms. Larisa Porsina
Coordinator on Foreign Affairs
Chrysotile Association
Moscow, Russian Federation
 
Mr. Konstantin Saranchuk
Legal Advisor
Chrysotile Association
Moscow, Russian Federation

 

Confederation of Employers of Kazakhstan

 Mr. Nurlan Omarov
Advisor
Confederation of Employers of Kazakhstan

 

Federação Internacional dos Trabalhadores do Amianto Crisotila (FITAC)

Mr. Adilson Conceiçao Santana
President
Federação Internacional dos Trabalhadores do Amianto Crisotila (FITAC)
Brazil

 

Instituto Brasileiro do Crisotila (IBC)

Mr. Marcondes Braga De Moraes
International Affairs Coordinator
Instituto Brasileiro do Crisotila (IBC)
Goiãnia, Brazil

 

International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations “Chrysotile”

Mr. Andrey Kholzakov
Chairman / Adviser for International Affairs
International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations “Chrysotile”
Asbest Town, Russian Federation
 
Mr. Dmitrii Selianin
Adviser for International Affairs
International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations “Chrysotile”
Asbest Town, Russian Federation

 

International Chrysotile Association

Mr. Emiliano Alonso
Legal Advisor
International Chrysotile Association
Quebec, Canada
 
 Mr. Serge Boislard
Special Guest
International Chrysotile Association
Quebec, Canada
 
Mr. Clément Godbout
Consultant
International Chrysotile Association
Quebec, Canada
 
Mr. Pierre Laroche
Special Guest
International Chrysotile Association
Quebec, Canada
 
Mr. Jean-Marc LeBlond
Chairman
International Chrysotile Association
Quebec, Canada
 

 

National Roof Sheet Association (RC)

Ms. Bui Thi Thu Hang
Secretary
Vietnam National Roof Sheet Association
Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Ms. Giang Lam Le
ssistant to Secretariat
Vietnam National Roof Sheet Association
Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Ms. Thi Dao Nguyen
PR Executive
Vietnam National Roof Sheet Association
 
 

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2 Responses to “Asbestos industry lobbyists will go to Geneva to sabotage Rotterdam Convention”

  1. M V Prajapati Says:

    Pl. stop import of asbestos & follow the Pujya Mahatma Gandhi Bapu’s sentence to read/recall the faces of poorest & weakest…. to whom you have never seen. All these Asbestos Lobbyists are requested to visit Digvijaynagar colony, where live dead body is taking their last breadhes, means living to die in each house.Asbestos dust have ruined their lives & millionaire are becoming rich more & more.

    I am sure that once you visit their colonies near Digvijay company, Kaligam, where asbestos sheets are manufactured in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat state in India.

    Pl. try to recall the faces of them or once you imagine.

    So, in any case pl. stop human killer substance Asbestos on the earth.

    Live & let live.

    M V Prajapati
    Social Worker

    3rd May 2015

  2. Christine Anderson Says:

    This is so cogently and brutally clear, Kathleen. Thanks to you and your tireless colleagues for your incalculable, critical work.

    May this be the year.


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