Asian Asbestos Conference 2009

Hong Kong, April 26-27, 2009

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Table of Contents

Preface [PDF] 1
Introduction [PDF] 2
Preparatory Meeting [PDF] 4
Welcome Session [PDF] 5
Plenary Session 1: Asia's Asbestos Time Bomb [PDF] 6
Plenary Session 2: Tackling the Hazardous Aftermath of Asia's Asbestos Consumption [PDF] 8
Workshop 1: The Basic Facts about Asbestos [PDF] 12
Workshop 2: Medical Session [PDF] 15
Break-out Session 1: Potential Asian Claims on U.S. Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts [PDF] 17
Break-out Session 2: Building the Ban Asbestos Network [PDF] 18
Workshop 3: Pratical Considerations for Minimizing the Asbestos Hazard [PDF] 19
Plenary Session 3: Country Reports [PDF] 23
Plenary Session 4: Meeting the Needs of Asbestos Victims [PDF] 27
Workshop 4: International Transfer of Asbestos Industry to Asian Locations [PDF] 30
Workshop 5: Shipyards, Ship-breaking Industry and Railways [PDF] 33
Plenary Session 5: Building the Global Ban Asbestos Network [PDF] 35
Plenary Session 6: Going Forward: Consolidation and Closing Session [PDF] 39
Concluding Thoughts [PDF] 40
Postscript [PDF] 42
Appendix A: Hong Kong Declaration towards a Complete Ban on all forms of Asbestos [PDF] 44
Endnotes and References (pdf) 46
Asian Asbestos Conference 2009

Written by:
Laurie Kazan Allen

Published by:
The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat
Asia Monitor Resource Center
The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims
The Building and Woodworkers International
Corporate Accountability Desk - The Other Media, India
Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions
Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Disease Victims
and their Families
Ban Asbestos Network Japan
Ban Asbestos Network Korea

Design and Editing: David Allen

Photographs: Yeyong Choi, Sugio Furuya, Fernanda Giannasi,
Heinz Kropiunik, Noor Jehan, Dave Hodgkin, Prof. Naomi Hisanaga,
Trevor Sun, Nguyen Dinh Kien

Cartoons: Mike Italiaander

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Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator, IBAS

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