MEDIA ALERT – Jan. 2015

New Report: Top Ten Countries Turning the Corner on Toxic Pollution
Highlights Top Ten Cleanups of Worst Polluted Toxic Sites, Global Solutions

Released by:
Blacksmith Institute For A Pure Earth and Green Cross Switzerland,
with the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

Teleconference: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, 10am, EST 


Release of 2014/15 Top Ten Countries Turning the Corner on Toxic Pollution, the latest global report on toxic pollution affecting some of the world’s worst polluted places, highlighting top ten success stories and solutions to this global threat. Report is from Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth and Green Cross Switzerland, with Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.


Toxic pollution is one of the biggest global threats – killing one in seven people in low- and middle-income countries. Out of 8.9 million people killed by pollution worldwide in 2012, 8.4 million lived in the developing world. Despite its toll, not enough worldwide attention is being paid to the poisoned poor. This report is part of the effort to raise awareness about this global killer, and to show that pollution is a problem that can be solved.


In this year’s report, we highlight the efforts of 10 countries and 10 projects – success stories – that are saving lives, improving human health and restoring environments. These 10 projects are proof that in spite of numerous obstacles and lack of resources, how truly solvable toxic pollution problems are in 10 very different situations.

The report also shows how the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) is serving as a much-needed mechanism to transfer environmental remediation technology and resources from wealthy countries to developing economies. The GAHP is a coalition of international partners and government agencies dedicated to addressing the threat of toxic pollution around the world.


Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:00 AM EST

You must Pre-register for the Teleconference to receive the call-in number. Email with “Teleconference 2015” in the subject line or call 212.870.3490.  Please provide your name, email and phone, and affiliation.  You will be contacted with teleconference details.


  • Richard Fuller – President, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth, which serves as Secretariat for the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution
  • Dr. Jack Caravanos, DrPH, CIH, Research Director, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth
  • Bret Ericson, MSc, Director of Operations, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth
  • David Hanrahan, MSc, Senior Technical Advisor, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth
  • Nathalie Gysi – Green Cross Switzerland
  • Stephan Robinson – Green Cross Switzerland


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Dr Potočnik is co-chair of the International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture, and a member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council. Previously, he spent a decade serving in various positions at the European Commission, including as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research, and Commissioner for Environment. Dr Potočnik began his career as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research in Slovenia before his appointment to the government, which included service as Minister responsible for European Affairs.

Announcement:  Global Ambassador for GAHP

4804b34a70c648d124b310edd0ac770f_mThe Global Alliance for Health and Pollution is very pleased that Jairam Ramesh is joining our efforts to mitigate pollution problems around the world, as a global ambassador. 

Mr. Ramesh, a Member of Parliament in the Government of India, has held various positions that include Minister for Rural Development, for Drinking Water and Sanitation, and for Environment and Forests.

His experience in the environmental field is second to none, and we are grateful for his assistance in driving forward the agenda to solve pollution problems around the world.

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For media inquires about the GAHP, please contact:

Magdalene Sim, Director of Communications, Blacksmith Institute, Secretariat for the GAHP