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A Toxics-Free Future

Mercury Treaty

by NELSON BADILLA AND JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, REPORTERS
http://www.manilatimes.net/ratify-anti-mercury-pact-group/255322/

AN environment advocacy group over the weekend urged the next president of the country to ratify the Minamata Convention against Mercury.

Delay dishonours victims of the Minamata tragedy

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(Dead Sea, Jordan) At the 7th meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a small group of developed countries opposed prompt creation of guidelines to manage toxic mercury-contaminated sites. Proponents of action expressed concerns over local harm and mercury’s wide ranging impacts as a global pollutant. Fifty-four countries in Africa, 55 countries in Asia-Pacific, and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America pushed for action. However, the EU blocked consensus on prompt development of guidelines, ensuring years of delay and continuing mercury pollution. 

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