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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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UNEP Hg INC 7, 10-15 March 2016, Dead Sea, Jordan PDF Print
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 21:47

 7th  Meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7)

10-15 March 2016, Dead Sea, Jordan


All UNEP relevant documents and details about the meeting can be found at the UNEP website: 

http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC7/tabid/4506/Default.aspx


ZMWG  publications and position papers

The ZMWG Action Challenge, September 2013 (416.00 kB)

Final Report of the ZMWG Action Challenge 

ZMWG Preliminary Views on selected documents for INC 7, February 2015 in EN,  FR and ES

ZMWG/NRDC comments on the Reporting format, Art. 21, February 2015 in EN ,  FR and ES   (the summary)

UNEP brochure (co-drafted by MPP) - Lessons from countries phasing down dental amalgam use

ZMWG Statements @ INC7

Opening Statement, 10/3 

Statement of document 7/3-Trade forms guidance

Statement on document 7/4-Stocks Guidance

Statement on document 7/6 - Bat/Bep

Statement on 7/7 - GEF MOU

Statement on 7/10 - Reporting forms

Statement on 7/12 - Effectiveness evaluation

Statement on ASGM  

Statement on Storage roadmap

Statement on contaminated sites 

Statement on ZMWG activities

 

Press releases

31 March 2016

ZMWG blog: Summary of INC 7 on Mercury, 10-15 March 2016, Dead Sea, Jordan

 

09 March 2016
A pesar de los progresos, el acuerdo mundial sobre el mercurio está amenazado por la producción y el comercio incontrolado.

09 March 2016
A pesar de los progresos, el acuerdo mundial sobre el mercurio está amenazado por la producción y el comercio incontrolado.

09 March 2016
EEB PR: Illegal mercury trade undermines Europe’s commitments towards strong mercury controls

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/un-urges-world-ratify-convention-mercury#sthash.bugVlVJv.dpuf

http://newsnextbd.com/un-urges-governments-to-phase-down-dental-amalgam-use/