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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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Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:39

EEB/ZMWG- UNDP/SGP Asian Workshop

Building Local to Global Coalitions for Chemicals and Waste Management

Towards Zero Mercury Use, Supply, Trade and Emissions

 

May 17-18, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand

AGENDA

 

9:00 Opening session - Presenters: Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, European Environmental Bureau (EEB); Mrs. Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP

9:20 Introduction of Participants - All

10:00 - 10:20 Mercury and Overview of the Minamata Convention - Presenter: Dominique Bally, CASE Ivory Coast (Overview of Mercury sources and effects. Overview of the Minamata Convention) 

10:20- 10:40 Overview of Art.4 requirements, Mercury added products (MAP) and their Convention compliant alternatives - Presenter: Anita Willcox, EEB

11:00 - 11:15 Presentation: guide and Checklist to phase out MAPs - Presenter: Michael Bender, MPP

11:15 - 12:30 Towards phasing out mercury added products under the MC - Experiences from developing some steps: 

-          Draft national roadmap

-          Linking Minamata Initial Assessments with mercury-added products phase out work.

-          Study on transition to Mercury free/ Convention compliant products

-          Developing a legal gap analysis related to the Art. 4

-          Shifting procurement practices in hospitals

Facilitators: Michael Bender, MPP  and Elena Lymberidi –Settimo, EEB (overview )

Panelists/Presenters: Panel - Case studies from Africa (5-7 min presentations as intro)

-          Nigeria, Leslie Adogame, SRADeV

-          Mauritius, Hemsing Hurrynag, PANEM

-          Kenya, Griffins Ochieng, CEJAD

-          India, Satish Sinha, Toxics Link

-          Nepal, Ram Charitra, CEPHED

Q and A , Discussion 

13:30 - 14:10 Overview of Art. 8 on Emissions, BAT/BEP guidelines - Presenter: Satish Sinha, Toxics Link India

Ideas from work on the ground- Presenter: Griffins Ochieng, CEJAD, Kenya 

14:10- 14:25 Overview of Art.7 and ASGM NAP requirements Presenter: Richard Gutierrex, Artisanal Gold Council (AGC)/ BAN Toxics Philippines (BT) 

14:25 - 15:50 Develoiping and Implementing an ASGM NAP 

-          Guidance (national obj, reduction targets, eliminate worst practices, reduce exposures, formalisation/regulation, trade, public health)

-          Technical approaches to reducing mercury use in ASGM

-          Challenges of formalization

-          Means of engaging stakeholders/ consultations with miners

-          Relationships among government agencies in NAP development

Facilitator:  EEB  

Panelists/Presenters

African case studies on ASGM 

-          Ghana, Solomon Ampofo, FoN

-          Ivory Coast, Dominique Bally, CASE

Asian case studies on ASGM

-          Philippines, Richard Gutierrez, AGC/BT

-          Indonesia, Hoetomo Hoetomo, YEAI

16:10-17:30 Dicussion on potential projects recapping above - Products, ASGM, Emissions - in break out groups as relevant

17:30 - 18:00 Summaries from breakout groups 

Facilitator:  Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, EEB /Michael Bender, MPP 

END OF DAY 1

9:00-9:15 Welcome to Day 2 - Presenter: Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, EEB Overview of the day’s sessions

9:15- 10:00 Overview of SGP and Mercury Management Programming - Objective: To provide an overview of SGP’s mandate, rationale, approach and its programming in mercury management. The presentations will cover what the programme is about, structure, funding opportunities, process of approval, priorities to be considered, structure of the NSC and things to consider.

Presenters: GEF Small  Grants Programme: Overview and GEF-7 Programming, Ms. Yoko Watanabe; SGP’s Mercury Management: Programming, Priorities and Lessons Learnt, Ms. Sulan Chen, Programme Advisor, GEF Small Grants Programme

10:00-11:30 Developing an SGP Proposal - Issues to consider  Objective:To share good experiences and lessons learnt in project development, implementation, M&E and knowledge management

Presenters: Project life cycle: a country perspective, Ms. Catharina Dihastarini, SGP-Indonesia National Coordinator

Session continued:

11:30-12:00 Preparation for Group Exercises on Project Proposal Writing - Objective: Review project proposal template and prepare groups for project writing exercises - Presenter: Ms. Sulan Chen 

12:00-16:00 Group Exercise- SGP project drafting in 5 breakout groups - NGOs start drafting skeleton of project proposals with ZMWG/ SGP help 

16:00-17:00 Reporting of group exercises - Each group is given five minutes to present their group work experiences and challenges

17:00- 17:30 Summing up and closure

END OF DAY 2