Press Synopsis “Single Use Plastic (SUP) Pollution and its impact on Human He...

Background Single-use plastics or disposable plastics are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Single use plastic includes drinking straws, Plastic cotton buds, Sachets, food packaging, coffee stirrers, water bottles and plastic bags etc. The main problem with these single use plastics is they are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable. They slowly break down into […] Read more »



Stop using single use plastic (SUP) To protect human health and Environment

14 November, 2018, Dhaka: Around 250 tons of single use plastics particularly straws and cutleries are discarded every month. The findings revealed from a study.To release the findings of the study entitled “Stop using single use plastic (SUP) to protect human health and Environment”, Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO called on a press briefing on […] Read more »



Seminar on Plastic Pollution: Enforcement of law not enough, awareness is key

Environmentalists on containing plastic pollution Staff Correspondent Environmentalists yesterday at a seminar said that enforcement of law alone is not enough, and awareness is key to containing the plastic pollution in Bangladesh. Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Department of Environment (DoE) jointly held the seminar titled “Plastic Pollution in Bangladesh and its Impact […] Read more »



‘International plastic bag free day, 03 July, 2018’ Let’s obey the law, el...

Dhaka, 03 July, 2018: On the eve of ‘International plastic bag free day, 03 July, 2018’ a mobile campaign was organized by Environment & Social development Organization-ESDO. Organized a Human Chain yesterday at TSC, Press Club and in front of National Parliament in Dhaka to create public awareness. Some volunteers are also rejoiced this day. […] Read more »



“Beat the Plastic Pollution, Ban the Bag” Bangladesh NGO Pioneering Move to ...

01 July, 2018, Dhaka: “Beat the Plastic Pollution, Ban the Bag” the International Plastic Bag Free Day on 3, July. More than 150 countries are ready to celebrate the day this year. Environment and Social Development Organization urged the government to execute the bag ban law and phase out all single use plastic. ESDO Chairperson […] Read more »



ESDO Intervened in Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group meeting on Marine Litter and M...

29-31 May, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: In a resolution adopted at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), Member States agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group to examine options to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics from all sources, including through global legally binding mechanisms. The ad hoc open ended expert group […] Read more »



Booklet Launched By Honorable Minister, M.P. Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, M.P....

Dhaka, 27 May, 2018: “Effective steps will be taken as soon as possible regarding the establishment of Mercury-free Dentistry in Bangladesh”, said Honorable Minister, Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, M.P., Ministry of Environment and Forest and  inaugurated a new monograph entitled “Mercury-Free Dentistry towards Toxic-Free Oral Health & Environment”. The inauguration event was the central as […] Read more »



Movement for Amalgam Phase Down turned Strong in Global Workshop

Bangkok, 14 May, 2018: A vital voice against mercury dental amalgam has been raised through a global workshop held in CRI Center Bangkok, Thailand. The prestigious workshop was coordinated by UN Environment and World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. Promoting Dental Amalgam Phase down Measures under the Minamata Convention and Other Initiatives, For “Especially Women, Children, […] Read more »



ESDO Celebrated Earth Day 2018

Dhaka, 22 April, 2018: Alarmed Youths called for an urgent action to ban plastic products. A mobile campaign was organized by Environment & Social development Organization-ESDO on  22 April to celebrate “Earth Day”. This year people are being encouraged to reduce their plastic consumption and use more eco-friendly materials. Earth Day is an annual event […] Read more »



Memorandum of Understanding Between ESDO and BDS Extended Upto 2020

12 April, 2018: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) was extended to 2020, the very first version of which was signed earlier on 26 April, 2016. The most predominant focus of this joint memorandum was to establish a concrete regulation to ban amalgam use, import […] Read more »



‘Stop Poisoning Yourself’–Urged Students of Shahajpath School

10 April, 2018: Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO arranged another awareness raising campaign in Shahajpath School to spread the knowledge of the devastating effect of mercury in our daily used products specially in cosmetics. The event was started at 11:30 am and continued to 2:30 pm. During the campaign, students were first given a lecture […] Read more »



Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

10 APRIL 2018: A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it, according to new research. The study – Unwrapped: how throwaway plastic is failing to solve Europe’s food waste problem (and what we need to do instead) – shows how annual per-capita […] Read more »



Stakholders Wished to Move Forward Together to Address Microplastic Pollution in...

For the very first time, stakeholders of plastic products, microplastics and microbeads came into one common platform to share their views and opinions about microplastic pollution. The key point of discussion was how to eliminate microbeads, thus minimizing the global microplastic debris. A huge gathering of health and environmental experts, government representatives, stakeholders, academicians, and […] Read more »



Another Dental Chamber got Recognition as ‘Mercury-Free Dental ChamberR...

February 11, 2018: ‘Rafiza Smart Dental Care’- A dental chamber in the capital city Dhaka got recognition of being mercury-free. This is the second dental chamber that got the ‘Mercury-Free Dental Chamber’ recognition in Bangladesh. Earlier in 28 January, 2018, ESDO and BDS in collaboration with World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Asian Center for Environmental […] Read more »



Bangladesh Goes First in Asia to Identify and Recognize ‘Mercury Free Dent...

On 28 January, 2018 Environment and Social Development Organization and Bangladesh Dental Society in collaboration with World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Asian Center for Environmental Health  inaugurated the inauguration program of  ‘Mercury-Free Dental Chamber’ identification and recognition as a part of their vibrant campaign to ban mercury from dentistry in Bangladesh. The inauguration program started […] Read more »



ESDO’s Successful Intervention in 5th Asia-Pacific regional meeting on the...

Adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) on 6 February 2006 in Dubai, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. Recently the 5th Asia-Pacific regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is being held in Bangkok, Thailand from 23-25 January, 2018. Siddika […] Read more »



ESDO’s participation in the UNEA3

The UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, have gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017 under the overarching theme of pollution. The third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) opened on Monday at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General and Siddika Sultana, […] Read more »



Chattagram International Dental College Got Award for Being Mercury Free

As a part of the vibrant global campaign to ban mercury in dentistry a plaque of appreciation was awarded to Chattagram International Dental College and Hospital for practicing mercury free dentistry in Bangladesh. The award giving ceremony and also an open forum was jointly organized by Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO and Bangladesh Dental Society-BDS […] Read more »



COP1 Knowledge Lab on 25 September, 2017; Hosted by World Alliance

The Knowledge Labs took place following the closing of plenary on Monday 25 September 2017. The 45-minute session is envisaged as a platform where stakeholders can share relevant information in relation to the life cycle of mercury and the Minamata Convention. The Knowledge Labs highlighted on  specific information in relation to one or more of […] Read more »



Highlights of the COP1 to the Minamata Convention on Mercury-25 September, 2017

  Following day of the COP1 on 25 September, 2017 comprises of some inter-participatory sessions. There is an interesting session of Knowledge Lab which is being hosted by the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry in between 6-9 pm. The other sessions are outlined below: Bureau meeting Regional Meetings COP1 Session MIA Clinic: Timing is between 1pm to 3pm.The MIA clinics […] Read more »



Quick Recap of the COP1 to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, 24 September, 201...

The first meeting of the conference of the parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland is continuing from 24 September- 29 September, 2017. The meeting is being conducted under the theme of ‘Make Mercury History’. Sunday’s sessions of the meeting comprises of: Regional meetings Bureau meeting Showcase events COP1 opening COP1 session […] Read more »



President of World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry made an Enthusiastic Stat...

The President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, Mr. Charlie Brown has made an enthusiastic statement in the second day of the first meeting of the Conference of the parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) on 24 September, 2017. The Statement is:     Statement of World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry COP1, […] Read more »



First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mer...

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) has started yesterday on 23 September, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Worldwide organizations working on mercury convention are taking part in the meeting. Among others, the representatives of the following organizations take part in the meeting: World Alliance for Mercury-Free […] Read more »



The Eighth Meeting of the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Gro...

The eighth meeting of the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) will took place on Friday 22 September 2017 from 9.00 to 18.00 at the International Environment House 2, chemin des Anemones, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting opened by the Global Mercury Partnership secretariat and followed by welcome remarks by the PAG co-chairs. Among […] Read more »



A Ban on microplastics specially microbeads urged by experts, academicians, envi...

A huge gathering of health and environmental experts, beauty experts and  concerned stakeholders urged the ban of microplastic, especially microbeads in an inception workshop under the theme of “Combating the pollution threat from microplastic litter to save marine health in the Bay of Bengal” to make people aware about the emerging pollution threat from microplastic. […] Read more »



Emergence of political commitment was stated in the Asia Pacific Ministerial Sum...

Bangkok, 05.09.2017– Prudent statements in line with policy perspectives towards a resource efficient Asia Pacific Region were made today in the first day of a 4 day long “Asia Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment” at UNCC, Bangkok. Dr. Shahriar Hossain, the Secretary General of Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO of Bangladesh stated the major […] Read more »



Elite Paints is the First Paint Company of Bangladesh to Receive the Lead Safe P...

Elite Paint and Chemical Industries, as the first paint company of Bangladesh has got the honor to achieve Lead Safe Paint® certification. The paint company is certified by a leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS). The announcement has been made through a press briefing organized by Elite Paint and Chemical Industries at Begum Sufia […] Read more »



World’s First Health & Environment Convention on Mercury Becomes Interna...

The Minamata Convention, the world’s first legally binding global agreement to reduce mercury pollution, becomes International law on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. In a joint press statement ESDO and Zero Mercury welcomes the new protocol. “While there are alternatives to mercury, there are no alternatives to global cooperation,” said Michael Bender, coordinator of the Zero […] Read more »



Call for Internship Application!

Are you interested to enhance your skills and capacity at ESDO? Working  as an intern with us is very rewarding and it will give you great experience that is recognized!!! Environment and Social Development organization-ESDO offers Internship opportunity for youth both local and globally. So don’t hesitate to contact us now if you would like […] Read more »



Hidden Health Hazard in Non-stick Cookware

Dhaka, May 25, 2017: Use of  non-stick pots and pans on a daily basis, means exposure to hidden  dangers. Non- stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical which starts emitting toxic fumes that one  inhale every time while cooking  with a non-stick pot!  Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO disclosed these findings through their […] Read more »



Dentists and Government Representatives Demanded to Phase Out Mercury from Dent...

Dentists, dental professionals, Government representatives and environmental leaders urged  the Government for phasing out mercury from dentistry sector by 2018. Yesterday  at a workshop, they demanded to take immediate step regarding this issue. Bangladesh Dental Society(BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health  organized this workshop entitled, “Mercury […] Read more »



Call for Volunteer and Internship Application!

Do you have time to volunteer your skills or enhance your skills and capacity at ESDO? Being a volunteer or intern with us is very rewarding and it will give you great experience that is recognized!!! Environment and Social Development organization-ESDO offers Volunteer and Internship opportunity for youth both local and globally. So don’t hesitate […] Read more »



Microbeads, an Emerging Health Threat and Environmental Pollutant.

15 October, 2016: Microbeads are being used as scrubbing and exfoliating agent in our personal care products such as face wash, scrub, and toothpaste replacing traditional and herbal scrubs. These microbeads are washed down from our bathroom to the water bodies.  Around 7928.02 billion microbeads go to the rivers, canals and other water bodies in Dhaka, […] Read more »



Jewellary Contain High Level of Toxins in Bangladesh

Dhaka: August 13, 2016: High level of toxic chemicals found in jewelleries in Bangladesh. Children’s jewellery found with high concentration of lead, cadmium and bromine, which is so alarming for human health and environment. A study report on “Toxic Jewellery: High Risk to Health and Environment in Bangladesh’’ disclosed the finding of the high exposure […] Read more »



Dr. Shahriar Hossain is the New Executive Vice President of the World Alliance f...

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry has selected Dr. Shahriar Hossain of Dhaka to be its Executive Vice President. Dr. Hossain is a renowned NGO leader, ecologist and environmental journalist in Asia, working for environmental justice and governance more than two decades. Read more »



Asian Workshop on ‘Successful Strategies to Phase down Amalgam Use towards Mer...

An Asian Workshop on ‘Successful Strategies to Phase down Amalgam Use towards Mercury Free Dentistry’ has been jointly organized by UNEP and UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)  and World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry in collaboration with Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Asian Centre for Environmental Health (ACEH) in […] Read more »



Asian NGO Summit Towards Mercury-Free Dentistry: ‘Successful Strategies to...

World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry  in collaboration with Asian Center for Environmental Health and ESDO organized an ‘Asian NGO Summit Towards Mercury-Free Dentistry: Successful Strategies to End Use of Dental Amalgam in Asia’ on 30 May, 2016 at UNEP Regional office for Asia and the Pacific in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, […] Read more »



UN, NGOs urge world to ratify convention on mercury

The United Nations and non-governmental organisations urged governments to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, at the seventh session of the convention’s intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC7) being held in Jordan from March 10 to 15. Read more »



UNEP MERCURY INC 7, 10-15 MARCH 2016, DEAD SEA, JORDAN

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on mercury (INC 7) is going to be held from March 10 to 15, 2016 in Jordan. Regional consultations will be held on March 9 2016. Representatives of the partner countries of Asian Center are attending this session. Read more »



Asia Pacific Consultations on Minamata Convention on Mercury in preparation to t...

Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General, Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO is participating, “Asia Read more »



Mercury Added Products: Threatens Public Health & the Environment

Owing to the lack of regulation, the harmful use of Mercury reached alarming level in Bangladesh. As a result health risks and environment pollution has increased manifolds. Read more »



Petition filed to FDA

Consumers for Dental Choice has filed a new petition calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conform with the Minamata Convention on Mercury, says a press release. They were joined by other  Read more »



Meeting with new committee of Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS)

Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and ESDO urged the government to create policies in order to ban mercury dental amalgam in Bangladesh by 2016. Read more »



Consultation with BPMA on Eco-labeling and Lead Safe Paints

January 27, 2015: The consultation was conducted at the presence of Mr. Syed Marghub Murshed, Former Secretary, Govt. of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO, Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Siddika Sultana,  Read more »



High Level Policy Dialogue on International Lead Elimination Prevention Week

To stop the use of lead in paint in Bangladesh by 2017, ESDO and Bangladesh Paint Manufacturers Association (BPMA)  Read more »



Meeting with new committee of Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS)

Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and ESDO urged the government to create policies in order to ban mercury dental amalgam in Bangladesh by 2016. Read more »



Workshop On Role Of Youth In Climate Change Adaptation Through Conservation ...

The workshop on “Role of Youth in Climate Change Adaptation through Conservation & Revival of Wetland” to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the environmental education and enhancing their leadership skills. Read more »


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