In the nearest future, we expect a major and important event for all of us - the First Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. We invested a lot of effort into the development and promotion of the Convention. We congratulate all people who facilitated the event by their work, knowledge and devotion!
The Minamata Convention on Mercury prioritises environmental considerations over interests of global businesses used to pursue their financial gains in a resource-based economy that ignores environmental effects. It is not only associated with banning primary mercury extraction from global deposits, it also deals with tightening control over different industrial operations, particularly with extraction and processing non-ferrous metals ores, that are accompanied by uncontrolled releases of many tons of mercury into the environment.
The first bi-annual IPEN Global Newsletter for 2017 focuses on mercury. The newsletter opens with a message from the IPEN Mercury and POPs Policy Advisor, and includes highlights, stories from the field, and news. All contributions were provided by the IPEN Regional Hubs and Participating Organizations, working together for a toxic-free future.
En México, la COFEPRIS autoriza la aplicación de 183 plaguicidas altamente peligrosos incluidos en la lista de la Red Internacional de Plaguicidas (PAN) e identificados por agencias internacionales por sus efectos en la salud y ambiente , y permite la venta de 140 plaguicidas prohibidos en otros países, lo que representa una grave amenaza a la salud y el ambiente, que exige la atención urgente de las autoridades y el cambio de políticas públicas, coincidieron académicos y organizaciones civiles, al presentar el informe “Los plaguicidas altamente peligrosos en México”.
“En las administraciones recientes, las políticas neoliberales en materia de gestión de plaguicidas y control de plagas y enfermedades en el campo y la ciudad han llevado a que estemos expuestos, sin nuestro consentimiento, a plaguicidas altamente peligrosos que pueden provocar la muerte, que tienen probabilidades de causar cáncer, malformaciones genéticas y alteraciones hormonales, o de causar la muerte de las abejas, además de otros plaguicidas que están incluidos en convenios ambientales internacionales por su impacto negativo”, destacó Fernando Bejarano, coordinador del informe y director de la Red de Acción de Plaguicidas y Alternativas en México (RAPAM) y punto de enlace para América Latina de la red internacional contra compuestos tóxicos, IPEN.
Dhaka, Bangladesh & Emeryville, CA: Elite Paint is the first paint company in Bangladesh to achieve Lead Safe Paint® certification. Yesterday, the news was announced publicly through a press briefing organized by Elite Paint and Chemical Industries in the Begum Sufia Kamal Public Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
(Göteborg, Sweden) The Minamata Convention, the world’s first legally binding global agreement to reduce mercury pollution, becomes International law on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017. Environmental health leaders from IPEN (a global network of NGOs in over 100 countries combatting toxic pollutants) celebrate the historical global health and environmental treaty and call on world governments to take the next steps to ensure “no more Minamatas.”
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) A new study on the lead content of solvent-based paints for home use in Ethiopia released today by the Pesticide Action Nexus Association (PAN-Ethiopia) and IPEN shows that more than 80 percent of the analyzed paint brands sold have one or more paint that contained dangerously high total lead content greater than 10,000 parts per million (ppm). This is the third study on lead content in Ethiopian household decorative paints since 2012. Two orange paints contained 100,000 ppm lead or 10 percent of the paint’s content, more than 1,100 times the allowed threshold limit of 0.009 percent (90 ppm) established in many countries for lead in paint. This is also the maximum threshold limit from which the draft standard by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFC) is based on, expected to be ratified this year.
The European Commission is facing a second court challenge for allowing a Canadian company to sell two dangerous chemicals used for road markings and painting industrial machines in the EU. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) and International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) are taking the European Commission to court after it refused to withdraw an EU-wide permit allowing the use of lead chromate pigments.
To date, the European Chemical Agency has received 380 notifications of companies declaring the use of lead chromate pigments in the EU since this authorisation. This is hindering the use of safer alternatives EU companies have invested in. Many companies have also already declared their intention to export these hazardous products to poorly regulated markets outside the EU.