Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

In 2008, Pure Earth began efforts to create a global alliance to support the cleanup and elimination of legacy pollution in the developing world. The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) was formed in 2012 with Pure Earth serving as Secretariat.

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) is a collaborative body tasked with coordinating resources and activities on chemicals, wastes and toxic pollution in low- and middle-income countries. GAHP envisions a world safe from toxic pollution. Its mission is to help low- and middle-income countries clean up legacy toxic hotspots, prevent re-contamination and guard against future pollution.

Currently, the GAHP has 24 members: three multilateral development banks (Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank), two bilateral agencies (the European Commission and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), nine Ministries of Environment (Cameroon, Indonesia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal and Uruguay), the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan, two city governments (Buenos Aires and Montevideo), four NGOs (Pure Earth, KPBB, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and Fundación Chile), and three UN agencies (the UN Development Program, the UN Industrial Development Organization and the UN Environment Program). GAHP activities are implemented by the Secretariat, currently hosted by Pure Earth, and governed by an Executive Committee.  A Technical Advisory Group provides key technical expertise and advice to GAHP operations and activities. Currently, the GAHP is supported by financing from the European Commission and the World Bank.

GAHP’S Main Objectives:

  1. To raise awareness about chemicals, wastes and toxic pollution, its human health and environmental impacts and promote mainstreaming into development agendas/strategies;
  2. To assist low- and middle-income countries to take concrete action to address chemicals, wastes and toxic pollution and their impacts on human health, including remediation and prevention of future contamination; and
  3. To ensure integration with ongoing and future international efforts on chemicals and hazardous wastes to minimize gaps, reduce duplication of effort, and maximize resources.