Russia and its allies on the issue, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Zimbabwe, India and Vietnam, have voted to block a recent move by the United Nations (UN) to have chrysotile, referred to as “white asbestos,” listed as a hazardous substance. This would make white asbestos more difficult to export and import.
Asbestos has been banned by many countries for some time now, but the effects of the hazardous substance’s prior and current use continue to take a massive toll in human life. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die each year around the world from asbestos-related cancers, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Hundreds of thousands more suffer from and live with terrible asbestos-related personal injuries.
Five of the six forms of asbestos are already listed by the UN as hazardous substances. The final non-listed form, chrysotile, is heavily in use in construction in Eastern Europe and Asia. The proponents of the UN measure have stated that the convention agreement would not ban the substance, but would improve labeling and safety in its handling. The proponents have denounced Russia and its partners for protecting corporate profits instead of human lives.
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