Global Asbestos Congress 2000

Osasco Declaration

As delegates from the Global Asbestos Congress, we hereby declare our intention to constitute and participate in a new network: the Global Asbestos Congress Virtual Network. Our first undertaking as members of this network is to issue the Osasco Declaration.

We do solemnly affirm our intention to:

  1. support and participate in global efforts to promote solidarity amongst antiasbestos campaigners, groups and other organisations;
  2. campaign to achieve asbestos bans in our home countries and abroad;
  3. assist globally dispersed asbestos victims in their efforts to sue multinational asbestos companies; equal suffering and incapacity deserve equal compensation;
  4. denounce and publicize attempts by asbestos companies to transfer discredited asbestos technologies from the first world to the developing world;
  5. ensure a free flow of information on asbestos developments including updates on legal decisions, medical research, new legislation;
  6. lobby politicians, trade unions and others for the adoption of just transition policies, so that steps will be taken sooner rather than later to phase out asbestos jobs and life-threatening working conditions;
  7. consider asbestos problems and solutions in a global context;
  8. act in concert with our colleagues abroad all the while respecting our social and cultural differences;
  9. share personal and professional experiences of the asbestos struggle so that strategies which have succeeded in one country can be adopted elsewhere;
  10. monitor the behaviour and profitability of asbestos companies and their successor companies.

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