UNEP Hg INC 5, 13-18 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland Print
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:05

5th meeting of the Mercury Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee - INC 5

13-18 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

 A letter has been sent to INC delegates on 7th January 2013 -

ZMWG letter: Last chance to develop strong treaty to reduce mercury exposure, 7 January 2013 

 Press releases

Last Chance for Governments to Develop Strong Global Mercury Treaty 12 January 2013

Mercury treaty rises but weak emissions regime undercuts progress  19 January 2013

 Collection of INC 5 related press clips

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

http://www.unep.org/hazardoussubstances/Mercury/Negotiations/INC5/INC5MeetingDocuments/tabid/3495/language/en-US/Default.aspx

In preparation for the INC 5 on Mercury, the following ZMWG position papers have been developed:

 November 2012

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5, November 2012 - English

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5 November 2012 - French

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5 November 2012- Spanish

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5 - November 2012- Portuguese

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5 -  November 2012 -Arabic

ZMWG preliminary views on the Chair's draft text for INC 5 - November 2012- Russian

 

ZMWG INC 5 BRIEFING PAPER SERIES - ASGM and Mercury Trade , November 2012

ZMWG views on dental amalgam, January 2013

 

ZMWG STATEMENTS @ INC 5

Opening statement 13/01/13

Products and Processes 13/01/13 (EN and FR)

FInance and Technical assistance 13/01/13 in EN in EN and in RUS

Emissions and Releases 14/01/13

Supply and Trade 14/01/13

ASGM 14/01/13

Storage and Waste  14/01/13  in EN and Arabic

Article 20 bis on health

 

COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES

In preparation for  INC 5 ZMWG is undertaking a series of Communication activities:

Two Global ZMWG Webinars set for 4th December 2012, Webinar 1: 8.30 AM CET , Webinar 2: 16:00 PM CET , Instructions on how to get on the webinar

On the 4th December 2012, the Zero Mercury Working Group, in cooperation with scientists from the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and with other prominent scientists, is organizing a global webinar to release new findings that demonstrate extensive mercury contamination of seafood and to summarize recent studies that show health effects from methylmercury occurring below the level that was considered “safe” just a few years ago. Scientists will highlight new research and explain why current government “safety limits” should be strengthened worldwide. The reports will be released accompanied by a press release on the 4th December 2012. . This comes ahead of the final round of United Nations negotiations, scheduled in January 2013, for a global mercury treaty.

Slides from the webinar presentations now available now available!

The actual webinar video can be downloaded here.

Press Release - 4 December 2012 - Evidence shows mercury threat underestimated ahead of UN treaty talks
Also from colleagues around the world - SDPI Pakistan, AWHHE- Armenia, EeA- Spain, EEB/ZMWG FR version

Reports are now available:

BRI report:  Mercury in the Global Environment - Patterns of Global Seafood Mercury Concentrations and their Relationship with Human Health

Groth report for ZMWG: An Overview of Epidemiological Evidence on the Effects of Methylmercury on Brain Development, and A Rationale for a Lower Definition of Tolerable Exposure

ZMWG summary/recommendations - Mercury Contamination, Exposures and Risk: A New Global Picture Emerges

ZMWG News Clips from Global Webinar