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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 currently:       Toxisphera

Contact details:             Zuleica-Nycz- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(2013 Phase IX) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

  • Focus      on strengthening NGO contacts with government and other stakeholders in      view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.
  • Follow      up and contribution to the national/regional debate on mercury and in      preparation for the INC meetings
  • Active      Participation to the ZMWG coordination team
  • Follow      up of Lumex Project / Spanish University -       Dissemination of results.

 

Status: completed, Final Chlor-alkali report

(2012 Phase VIII) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

  • Focus      on strengthening NGO contacts with government and other stakeholders in      view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.
  • Follow      up and contribution to the national/regional debate on mercury and in      preparation for the INC meetings
  • Active      Participation to the ZMWG coordination team
  • Preparation      and realization of Lumex Project /SpanishUniversity

 

Status: completed

(2011 Phase VII) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

ð     Map out within the Brazilian government the key representatives working on mercury both at the local and global level and identify a government mercury champion

ð     Increase NGO presence and interaction with the Brazilian government

ð     Promote a proper national NGO strategy through capacity-building

Status: completed

 

Previous projects

In 2010 , Associação de Proteção ao Meio Ambiente de Cianorte (APROMAC) was the coordinating NGO for the EEB/ZMWG project

2010 Proposal Phase VI

Report: Regime Jurídico do Mercúrio no Brasil, Um Estudo Preliminar (in PT with EN exec summary)        

 

From 2005- 2009, Associação de Combate aos POPs (ACPO) has been the Coordinating NGO for the EEB/ZMWG projects
Contact person: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Jeffer Castello Branco

2009 ACPO Phase V proposal

2008 ACPO Phase IV proposal

RELATÓRIO DO “ENCONTRO REGIONAL PARA A SENSIBILIZAÇÃO DA SOCIEDADE CIVIL SOBRE AÇÕES PARA A ELIMINAÇÃO DO USO E DA EMISSÃO DO MERCÚRIO”. (“Report of the Regional Meeting: Civil Society Awareness on Mercury Uses and Emissions Elimination.”)

2007 ACPO Phase III proposal

ACPO Final Report Phase II, January 2007

Brochure on chlor-alkali campaign in Brazil, January 2007

Relatorio Mercado de Mercurio no Brazil, 2006

THE MERCURY MARKET IN BRAZIL, Executive Summary, 2006

 

2006 ACPO Phase II proposal

Letter sent to EU Commissioners on the EU mercury export ban
ACPO Initial Comments on the Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Mercury Contamination in Amazon Ecosystems, 14 September 2006

2005 ACPO Phase I proposal






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