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New treaty effectiveness will depend on adequacy of data to be collected, say NGOs  

Geneva, Switzerland


Prior to the start of the first Conference of Parties (COP1), the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) welcomed the entry into force of the Minamata Convention. 

“While there are alternatives to mercury, there are no alternatives to global cooperation,” said Michael Bender, international ZMWG coordinator. “We applaud the world’s governments for committing to curtail this dangerous neurotoxin.”

The First Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.  Over 1,000 delegates and around 50 ministers are expected to assemble in Geneva to celebrate and lay the groundwork for the treaty’s overall effectiveness.
 
During the prior negotiations, the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) approved many of the forms and guidance that the Convention specifies must be adopted at COP 1, which are needed for the swift and smooth launch and running of the Convention.  These include guidance documents on identifying stocks, determining best available technologies and reducing mercury use in small scale gold mining; as well as forms for trade procedures and for exemptions from certain deadlines.

“These INC approvals were achieved by consensus after considerable deliberations, and are ready for approval without further debate,” said Satish Sinha, Toxics Link India.

Among the most critical open issues to be discussed at COP1 are the reporting requirements, which will provide critical information on both the global mercury situation and the effectiveness of the Convention in achieving mercury reductions.   Particularly critical to collect will be data on mercury production and trade, which can change significantly in a short period of time.

 “Countries will not have readily available information about production and trade in bordering countries or within their region, unless there is frequent reporting under the Convention,” said David Lennett, Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council “Many borders between countries are “porous,” and where a significant portion of mercury trade is informal/illegal.   Good data on legal trade flows will enable actions to address illegal trade, all of which has a huge impact on artisanal and small scale gold mining, the largest source of mercury pollution globally.

Mercury is a global pollutant that travels long distances. Its most toxic form – methylmercury - accumulates in large predatory fish and is taken up in our bodies through eating fish, with the worst impacts on babies in utero

For more information, see:

http://www.mercuryconvention.org

www.zeromercury.org

Contacts:


Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project Coordinator ‘Zero Mercury Campaign’, European Environmental Bureau, ZMWG International Coordinator
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Michael Bender, ZMWG International Coordinator, T: +1 802 917 8222,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For information on reporting, please contact David Lennett, Natural Resources Defense Council, T:  +1 202 460 8517   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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*The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.



 

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Coordinating NGO for EEB/ZMWG funded projects:            Toxics Link

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2011 (Phase VII) Project title:                  Economics associated with technology shift in chlor-alkali industry, estimation of current mercury demand, quantification of mercury usage and release from dentistry, Proposal Phase VII

 Project objectives:        Study the economics of conversion of chlor-alkali from mercury to membrane cell based technology; identify the current mercury usage in various sectors and compile national mercury demand; Carry out a detailed study on mercury use in dentistry; Sustain mercury-free healthcare campaign in India

Activities:

  • Carry out a detailed study of mercury usage in the dental health sector and quantify the total release of mercury into the environment from dentistry practices in India
  • To study and quantify the economics of conversion of chlor-alkali from mercury to membrane cell based technology

  • To identify the current mercury usage in various sectors and compile national mercury demand.

  • Organise a round table discussion

Status: completed. Report Mercury in our Mouth. Report Chlorine industry: Economics of conversion in India

 

Previous projects

2010  Proposal Phase VI

Final Report Phase VI

2009 - Toxics Link Phase V proposal

Emission Estimate of Passport-Free Heavy Metal Mercury from Indian Thermal Power Plants and Non-Ferrous Smelters

VIDEOS - Mercury free hospitals and Mercury Trade in India

2008 - Toxics Link Phase IV proposal

MERCURY CONTAMINATION IN FISH IN WEST BENGAL SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS and press release (DISHA)

Market Study On Alternatives of Mercury Measuring Devices in Health Care in India

2007 - Toxics Link Phase III proposal

Final report Phase III and Poster

2006 - Toxics Link Phase II proposal

Final report Phase II

2005 - Toxics Link Phase I proposal

Report and deliverables from Phase I