May 9, 2023

Africa Region Galvanizes Efforts to End Mercury Lighting

The African Region proposes a global ban on the manufacture and trade of all fluorescent lamps. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contacts: Washington, DC: Ana Maria Carreño Director, Clean Lighting Coalition Phone/WhatsApp: +1 202 999 2886 Brussels: Elena Lymberidi-Settimo International Co-coordinator Zero Mercury Working Group & Policy Manager, European Environmental […]
May 9, 2023

Africa proposes treaty sales ban on mercury skin lighteners

The African Region takes the lead with a proposal to ban the sales of mercury-added cosmetics worldwide. Contact:  Rico Euripidou, E:; T:  Leslie Adogame, E:; T:  Michael Bender, E:; T: 1-802-917-8222; Charline Cheuvart,; T: +32 2 289 13 08 [Brussels, Belgium] Recently, the African Region proposed […]
February 14, 2023

‘Prime’ Time to Stop Online Sales of Illegal Mercury Skin-Lightening Products

Photo by ActionVance on Unsplash Groups make recommendations on verge of UN kick-off meeting on ‘Eliminating Mercury Skin Lightening Products’ at WHO-HQ in Geneva Geneva, Switzerland — Several mercury watchdog groups are calling on (and other e-platforms) to stop all sales of skin-lightening products (SLPs) if they cannot stop marketing […]
April 14, 2022

What happened at the second segment of the fourth Conference of the Parties for the Minamata Convention on Mercury?

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) participated at the COP 4.2 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from 21 to 25 March 2022. Its main priorities for COP4.2 included the following: COP4.2 made several decisions along the lines of the ZMWG recommendations, among others. […]
March 30, 2022

Convention on Mercury agrees to phase out major category of fluorescent light bulbs, but last-minute interventions delay action on another

CLiC Press Release Bali, Indonesia – At the Minamata Convention on Mercury fourth Conference of Parties (COP4), 137 governments adopted amendments to phase out a major category of fluorescent lighting, but actions were stalled on others. All fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, a chemical of major public health concern according […]
March 30, 2022

UN Bans Mercury Satellite Propellants Under New Minamata Treaty Provisions

PEER/ZMWG Press release Bali, Indonesia—On Saturday, the United Nations adopted a provision to phase out the use of mercury as a satellite propellant by 2025 during the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.[i]  Public interest NGOs who have been following the issue […]
March 14, 2022

California Court Rules Amazon Must Protect Consumers

BERKELEY, CA—MARCH 14, 2022—The California Court of Appeals Friday ruled Amazon, the world’s largest store, must comply with consumer protection laws including warning California consumers when products sold on its marketplace contain chemicals listed by California as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. As You Sow and other consumer advocates applauded the […]
March 10, 2022

Skin Lighteners Still Online Despite Mercury Findings

REPEAT OFFENDERS: Ebay, Amazon and Flipkart among websites selling high mercury skin lighteners, according to the Zero Mercury Working Group  271 online products tested from 17 countries: nearly half contained too much mercury  Some products had thousands of times more mercury than legal limit International coalition of NGOs* urge governments […]
November 12, 2021

ZMWG @ Minamata COP4.1

The Zero Mercury Working Group participated at the Minamata Convention COP4.1 Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, it was agreed that the fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) would take place in two segments: a first segment (COP4.1) to be conducted online within the period of 1 to 5 November […]
March 24, 2023

Reducing the use of mercury in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

In the context of the ACP-MEAs programme of UNEP, EEB/ZMWG released a call for proposal for NGOs to carry out work in Africa to reduce mercury in ASGM. Following the call for proposal two NGOs started a collaboration with EEB/ZMWG: Uganda National Association of Community Occupational Health (UNACOH) and Women […]
March 24, 2023

Stakeholders meeting in St Kitts and Nevis supported by EEB/ZMWG

In September 2021, the EEB/ZMWG entered into an agreement with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to assist in developing a draft ‘roadmap’ towards phasing out mercury added products, consistent with Article 4 of the Minamata Convention  As part of this initiative,  a draft   Resolution in Support of Transitioning […]
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