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UNEP Governing Council meeting to decide: Mercury, a thing of the past?

This week in Nairobi, Kenya, environmental leaders from governments and civil society gather from February 16-20, 2009, to discuss the future of mercury. This 25th UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council meeting is preceded by seven years of negotiations to coordinate a global effort on mercury.

The UNEP Executive Director has posted a press release on the UNEP website calling for global action on mercury this week. UNEP hosts a specific program on mercury management. A legally binding treaty would aim to achieve a significant reduction in mercury emissions, supply, and demand.

The Zero Mercury Working Group is one of several civil society groups in Nairobi to promote a global treaty on mercury.

ENDS Europe reported that member states were close to reaching a global deal on mercury on February 19.

Related Information:

  • Stay Healthy Stop Mercury campaign raises awareness of the immediate health threats of mercury, and proposes alternatives and solutions for reducing exposure


Written on 5 March 2009.

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