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ZMWG preparatory work for the First session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, Stockholm, Sweden (INC1)

ZMWG Framework for a mercury treaty
June 2010

ZMWG observations on UNEP documents produced for INC 1
2 June 2010

ZMWG Though-started on Artisanal and Small scale gold mining (ASGM)
2 June 2010
and in ES

ZMWG fact sheet on mercury

ZMWG fact sheet on skin creams

March 2010 Working Draft

FR, ES, CHI, RU, Arab and PT,JP
18 March 2010


7-11 June 2010, INC1, Stockholm, Sweden

Fifty five representatives of NGOs, from 29 countries, participated at the Mercury INC 1, Stockholm, Sweden. An NGO preparatory meeting took place on the 5 June 2010. On the 6 June 2010 Technical Briefings were organised by UNEP, all presentations can be found here. In the afternoon, the ZMWG organised a demonstration and training of the NGOs on how to use a LUMEX monitoring instrument, to monitor mercury emissions in the air, with the help of an engineer from LUMEX.

A ZMWG exhibition booth was set up providing information on mercury in different products and processes (lamps, measuring devices, chlor-alkali, artisanal small scale gold mining etc) as well as our position papers. Pollution Probe's (Canada) booth exhibited the theme on mercury in products. IPEN had a booth on their Mercury Free Campaign.

Two films on how mercury is freely traded in the New Delhi market , as well as one on Mercury use in hospitals in India, was produced by Toxics Link under the Zero Mercury Campaign and projected at the ZMWG exhibition booth during the week. A powerpoint presentation made by CACP (Japan) on the Minamata disease and mercury in Japan was also projected during the week.

During the week the ZMWG Say.... aaaHg!!! action took place - governmnent delegates had the possibility to measure mercury in their breath mainly coming from dental amalgams containing mercury, by using the LUMEX - portable mercury monitoring instrument.

During the meeting the NGOs presence was very evident. Statements were given in a coordinated, complementary manner by the NGOs' network representatives and received very positive feedback. Below you can see statements made by the Zero Mercury Working Group as well as Joint statements.

ZMWG statements/Press releases

7 June
Joint Press release - ZMWG, IPEN , SSNC
Opening Statement
Indigenous NGOs opening statement
Joint (ZMWG+IPEN) statement on Objectives
8 June
Joint (ZMWG+IPEN) statement on Treaty Structure
Statement on Finances and Compliance

Statement on Compliance and Reporting

9 June
Statement on Supply

Statement on Demand
Joint (ZMWG+IPEN) statement on Waste and contaminated sites
10 June
Statement on Storage
Statement on mercury in Atmospheric Emissions
ICC statement on emissions
Statement on Awareness raising and information
CEPHED statement
11 June
CACP statement on Minamata
Joint (ZMWG+IPEN) final statement
ZMWG final Press release

Photo Gallery
Lumex NGOs training 1 , 2
The ZMWG exhibition booth
Say....aaaHg! ZMWG action 1 , 2 , 3

The participation of 132 countries’ reaffirmed the importance and international commitment to address the global mercury problem. We hope that this first round of discussions covering all issues will open the way to more substantive discussions on legally binding control measures in order to minimise and, where feasible, eliminate mercury from use, supply and emissions globally.

During the meeting countries expressed their views on potential targeted control provisions on mercury issues such as supply; storage of excess mercury; use of mercury in products and processes; artisanal small scale gold mining; trade; atmospheric emissions of mercury; waste and contaminated sites; as well as on compliance, finances, capacity building and technical assistance and awareness raising. Countries and regions also expressed their opinions on how discussions should unfold during the coming INCs.

We now look forward to engaging in focused discussions in areas such as supply, trade and storage of surplus mercury where substantial progress can be made. UNEP has now been tasked to draft options on measures to reduce supply, demand and emissions, to be discussed at INC 2, Tokyo, Japan, January 2011.