The international Pesticide Action Network launched December 3 as the Global “No Pesticides Use Day“ in 1998, to commemorate the world’s worst chemical disaster in 1984. That day in Bhopal (India) a pesticide factory exploded, releasing a toxic gas that caused more than 500,000 injured and 20,000 deaths in the years since. The global PAN has highlighted the tragedy of Bhopal as an example of a tragic instance of chemical pesticide contamination for which its victims continue to suffer to this day. Around the world the ongoing manufacture, distribution, and use of chemical pesticides continues to wreak devastating impacts on people and the environment. While acute cases of pesticide poisoning are a concern, the chronic long-term effects such as cancers; and endocrine disrupting effects are of increasing concern. Since 3rd December 1998, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) has organized campaigns and activities along with its partners from 8 countries and local community advocates to commemorate the disaster and raise public awareness of the adverse effects of pesticides. In previous years, this campaign was known as No Pesticides Use Day (NPUD). After much discussion during the Pesticides Task Force meeting in March 2010, it was decided to extend the campaign for a week. So, the No Pesticides Use Week (NPUW) campaign starts on 3rd December culminating on the 10th of December – the World Human Rights Day. All campaign activities will be held within this week.