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EcoWaste Coalition
Unit 336, Eagle Court, 26 Matalino St., 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
Phone/Fax: 4411846 E-Mail: info@ecowastecoalition.org
Website: http://ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com

Updated Press Release
Over 100 Groups Clamor for PH Ratification of Treaty vs. Mercury Pollution

By: Jhoanna Ballaran - @inquirerdotnet

INQUIRER.net / 12:42 PM July 30, 2017

An environmental group on Sunday warned consumers against buying and using smuggled beauty products that contain high levels of mercury.

EcoWaste Coalition coordinator Thony Dizon said 10 imported facial whitening and freckle removing creams from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Taiwan contain mercury way above the regulatory limit of one part per million (ppm).

https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/financial-costs-mercury-contamin...

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 5

Organising a press meet today, researchers of the Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development presented the estimated economic losses associated with mercury pollution.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/50992-dar-risks-missing-v...

RODGERS LUHWAGO

TANZANIA is likely to participate at the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) of the Minamata Convention as observers.


The conference is confirmed to take place from 24 to 29 September this year at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

For immediate release: 19 April, 2017

A new study, supported by the Minamata Convention’s Interim Secretariat hosted by UN Environment, reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.  Mercury monitoring in women of childbearing age in the Asia and the Pacific Region, jointly conducted by the interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), and the global NGO network IPEN, examined hair samples from women aged 18 - 44 from Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati, and two landlocked Asian countries, Tajikistan and Nepal.

Quezon City.   Civil society groups have reiterated their support for actions that will prevent mercury contamination of the ecosystems and the resulting human exposures to this potent neurotoxin.

At a seminar held today to commemorate the 60th anniversary since the official identification in 1956 of the Minamata disease, a neurological problem linked to the consumption of seafood contaminated with methylmercury, the EcoWaste Coalition and other public interest groups rallied all sectors to back measures aimed at curbing mercury emissions, releases and exposures.

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