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As new global mercury treaty enters into force, worldwide mercury production skyrockets, 
notes Global NGO Coalition on World Environmental Health Day

Geneva, 26 September 2017- As 156 countries convened for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention, 
a new UN report shows mercury mining skyrocketing in the last 5 years. Moreover, much of that mercury is used in artisanal and 
small scale gold mining (ASGM), the largest source of global mercury pollution.

Currently, countries do not have reliable information about trade in neighboring countries and within their own region. 
This problem is compounded where borders between countries are “porous,” and a significant portion of trade is informal or illegal. 
For example, mercury may enter a region through legal trade to one country, but then be traded illegally across borders to neighboring countries. 

“Informal trade is difficult to track, and therefore does not appear in the official trade statistics,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, 
Project Manager, Zero Mercury Campaign at the European Environmental Bureau. 
“With timely reporting, Parties can better understand mercury flows in order to better enforce trade restrictions in the Convention.”

“In recent years there have been a number of shocks to the global market, resulting in a doubling of the price of mercury in the last 12 months alone,” 
said Michael Bender, Co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group. “In addition, EU and US export bans now in place have resulted 
in a major shift in the main trading hub to Asia.”

“The emergence over the past five years of new small-scale producers of mercury in Mexico and Indonesia has made a difficult situation worse,” 
said Satish Sinha, Associate Director at Toxics Link in India. “Between these two countries alone, around 1000 tonnes are produced annually.”

“The main objective of the Minamata Convention is to protect human health and the environment by, in part, simultaneously 
reducing mercury supply and demand,” said  Rico Euripidou, Environmental Health Campaign Manager at groundWork 
in South Africa. Without adequate reporting on the global movement of mercury it will 
be difficult to monitor the overall effectiveness of the Convention, say NGOs.

“Annual reporting is consistent with the requirements of other environmental conventions such as Basel and the Montreal Protocol,” 
said Leslie Adogame, Executive Director at Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development in Nigeria.
“Legal trade flows must be understood before informal or illegal trade can be adequately addressed.”

An analysis of publicly available UN COMTRADE data over the period 2013-2016 (see below) reveals that the majority of global mercury flows 
from commodity trading centres (such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE) to developing country regions (such as Africa and Latin America) 
where mercury use in ASGM is prolific in response to the largest global gold rush the world has ever seen. 

see table at the pdf

see also PR in FR 

Notes to the editor

http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

 https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21725/global_mercury.pdf?sequence=1&;;isAllowed=y

http://www.ifeh.org/wehd/

www.zeromercury.org

For further information, please contact:                                         

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project Coordinator ‘Zero Mercury Campaign’, European Environmental Bureau, ZMWG International Coordinator
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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 ZMWG funded projects:    Environment and Social Development Organization -ESDO

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 2012  Project title: “Assessing Country Situation of the Mercury Sources and Hotspot in Bangladesh” - Project funded by NRDC/ZMWG

 Summary of the proposed project:  This project is focused on the comprehensive assessment, inventory and situational analysis of mercury uses in Bangladesh and to initiate policy advocacy for national legislation and enforcement of rules, regulations and policy. This project will be implemented in line with the Strategic Approach to global mercury campaign and in order to assess the critical issues associated with the rapid expansion of mercury containing products and process throughout the world. The project will thus seek to prepare, draft and update a national inventory and to establish technical directives to deal with mercury in order to achieve the international standards. We seek to raise awareness of the associated risks of contamination of air, water and soil caused by mercury emission and waste. The general objective of this project is to assist countries to prepare, draft and update a national inventory and technical directives to deal with mercury in order to achieve the international standards of environmentally sound management.

Project aim: The project aims to pursue the environmentally sound management, ban of mercury uses in Bangladesh, according to the International Mercury Negations Strategic Approach and other international obligations. We will be particularly focusing on the assessment and uses of mercury in the industrial and health care and mercury waste disposal in Bangladesh.

Activities:

  • The major eight activities are proposed in order to properly address the objectives of the project on assessment and inventory of mercury uses in Bangladesh:

    1. To develop a project management and implementation guideline and conduct project team orientation.

    2. To establish contact with the target/ stakeholders (Government and private agencies, research institutions, NGOs, media and individuals) in order to identify the structure of each national market for mercury containing products.

    3. To collect information regarding the situation of mercury uses in the country and make an inventory.

    4. To conduct research for current situation analysis and to review and compare the existing practices for dealing with mercury at the national and regional level.

    5. To conduct knowledge exchange workshops for Civil Societies Organizations, private agencies, research institutions, NGOs, media and individuals and create national and regional advocacy network.

    6. To prepare and publish of information educational and communication-IEC materials.

  • 7. Assessment of the project impact and launching: upon effective completion of the research/ study report, tool-kit/booklet, website, these will be formally launched by a press briefing in order to project outputs.

  • 8. Project follow-up: facilities the IEC campaign and policy advocacy work through

    network.

Status: completed- Study Report: Country situation of mercury sources and hotspots in Bangladesh, Workshop report:Country situation of mercury containing products and sources in Bangladesh, PosterBooklet: Mercury sources: Products and Hotspots in Bangladesh

Formulation of national policy on dental amalgam demanded

News Report

Speakers at a programme in the city on Saturday underscored the need for the creation of mass awareness and formulation of a national policy on dental amalgam. They were speaking at the launching ceremony of awareness and educational campaign for mercury free dentistry for the first time in Bangladesh at the Dhaka University. 

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