**** LATEST NEWS! ****

22 September 2017

View this email in your browser

PRESS RELEASE: 

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
T: +32 2 2891301,  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

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

For further information, please contact:

*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.



 

Home Our work at UNEP Level Towards a Mercury Treaty
Press releases before the 24th UNEP Governing Council in different countries PDF Print
Friday, 10 September 2010 13:07

ITALY

The italian PR “Stop this toxic trade!”: NGOs demand tough mercury limits can be found here.
The press release was picked up by the national press agency, copied below:

CHIMICA. LEGAMBIENTE: MERCURIO E' TOSSICO, SERVE IMPEGNO SERIO

L'ASSOCIAZIONE ADERISCE A CAMPAGNA DELLE ONG CONTRO IL MERCURIO

(DIRE) Roma, 5 feb. - "Per ridurre l'inquinamento globale da mercurio sono necessari limiti duri, l'impegno dei governi per azioni immediate e accordi vincolanti e multilaterali. Bisogna proibire l'esportazione di questo metallo tossico che ci avvelena". legambiente aderisce cosi' all'appello lanciato dalle organizzazioni non governative (tra cui l'Ufficio europeo dell'ambiente e il Sierra club) sostenitrici della lotta contro il mercurio. "Il mercurio e' un metallo pesante che, se disperso nell'ambiente, puo' causare effetti disastrosi sul territorio e sulla popolazione- spiega il presidente di legambiente Roberto Della Seta- sottolineando che gravissimi danni cerebrali e nervosi sono stati riscontrati nei numerosi casi di contaminazione manifestati sia dai lavoratori che ne vengono a contatto, sia dagli organismi piu' fragili, come quelli delle donne in gravidanza e dei bambini, che lo ingeriscono inconsapevolmente attraverso il cibo".
Per questo motivo, i sostenitori della lotta contro il mercurio, in occasione del prossimo incontro del programma delle Nazioni Unite per l'ambiente a Nairobi dal 5 al 9 febbraio, esortano i governi di tutto il mondo a ridurre l'inquinamento da mercurio proibendone l'esportazione. A fronte dell'ultimo rapporto dell'Unep che denuncia un notevole incremento delle emissioni del mercurio negli ultimi 15 anni, caratterizzato dall'aumento del suo consumo nei paesi che ne iniziano ora l'utilizzo e una diminuzione nei paesi industrializzati, "e' necessario stabilire- prosegue Della Seta- in un azione coesa e decisiva, regole imprescindibili per ridurre la contaminazione".(SEGUE)

(Com/Gim/ DIre) 17:51 05-02-07

SERVE IMPEGNO... -2-

(DIRE) Roma, 5 feb. - "Solo un'azione collettiva da parte dei governi di tutto il mondo potrebbe, infatti, ridurre il livello di mercurio nell'aria e proteggere le risorse ittiche- continua Roberto della Seta- che spiega come sia fondamentale, "tra le altre cose, porsi l'obiettivo di ridurre entro il 2017 il 70% della domanda globale del mercato ponendo fine al suo impiego nell'industria mineraria, nell'elettronica, negli strumenti di misurazione elettrici e sanitari".
Finora le misure sono state limitate e insufficienti per ridurre concretamente il rischio di contaminazione, prosegue il presidente di legambiente. "Un impegno reale, fatto di accordi giuridici multilaterali tra i governi, potrebbe invece risolvere la situazione. Chiediamo che il prossimo incontro di Nairobi assicuri un'azione globale per fermare un commercio tossico e iniquo".
A tal proposito, legambiente porta avanti in Italia, da giugno scorso, "Stop al mercurio": una campagna contro l'utilizzo del mercurio negli impianti cloro-soda, volta a sensibilizzare l'opinione pubblica, la politica, i lavoratori e le aziende sui gravi rischi legati all'inquinamento legato a questo metallo.

(Com/Gim/ DIre) 17:51 05-02-07

NNNN

SPAIN - A Press release and a letter were sent to Spanish Envi Minister (Cristina Narbona):

GERMANY - A german version of the press release was also sent out to German media.

ARMENIA - Press release was also posted in Armenian

CZECH Republic - Press release was also launched in the Czech republic with wide coverage by the media (journals and TV)


http://www.eurohirek.hu/modul.asp?name=cikk&file=article&sid=7362
http://gondola.hu/cikkek/52656
http://www.prherald.hu/cikk2.php?idc=20070203-193058
http://www.greenfo.hu/hirek/hirek_item.php?hir=15072&PHPSESSID=3
http://www.fuggetlen.hu/article.php?sid=1373&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
http://www.mno.hu/index.mno?cikk=395127&rvt=3&pos=5
http://www.euractiv.hu/modul.asp?name=cikk&file=article&sid=7362
http://indy.media.hu/cikk.shtml?x=34657
http://www.jobbhirek.hu/article.html?id=37414&source=gondola&cat=