WHO Releases First Report on Microplastics in Drinking-Water


Every day we are ingesting tiny, often microscopic pieces of plastic known as "microplastics" with our food, beverages and the air we breathe.
 
The new Microplastics in Drinking-water report examines the evidence, key findings, recommendations and research needs. It is the first effort to examine the potential human health risks associated with exposure to microplastics in the environment.
 
Speakers:
 

  • Bruce GORDON, Coordinator, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO
 
  • Jennifer DE FRANCE, Technical officer, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO
 
 
When:                 Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 14:00 (Central European Summer Time)
 
How:                     To access the virtual press conference see dial-in details provided below. Please call at least 10 minutes before the conference starts. The briefing will be held at WHO HQ, Geneva. There is NO opportunity to attend the press conference in person at WHO, Geneva.


 
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The embargoed report together with the press release will be available via WeTransfer, on request, as of Tuesday 20 August.  
 
Embargoed: DO NOT PUBLISH, DISTRIBUTE OR REPRODUCE BEFORE 00.01 GMT / 02:01 CEST ON 22 AUGUST 2019
 
For further information please contact:

Nada Osseiran, Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health, WHO.
Tel: +41 22 791 4475, Mob: +41 79 445 1624, Email: osseirann@who.int 
 
Christian Lindmeier, Department of Communications, WHO.
Tel: +41 22 791 1948, Mobile: +41 79 445 3164, email: lindmeierch@who.int
 
How to access the Virtual Press Conference – 21 August 2019 
 
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