On 6 December in Nairobi, IPEN released a new report showing high mercury levels among Minamata COP1 delegates. Researchers from IPEN (a global public health and environment network) and BRI (the Biodiversity Research Institute) analyzed mercury levels in hair samples from 180 delegates (104 women and 76 men) from 75 countries who participated the COP1 of the Minamata Convention in Geneva from September 24-29th, 2017.
Today IPENers asked delegates: Is Minamata Only for Gold?
With the focus on gold at the Convention, IPEN would like to remind the delegates about other aspects of the Convention that must be addressed, such as mercury waste, coal-fired power plants' contribution to mercury pollution, mercury in products, human rights and more.
IPEN is very disappointed that China's position on lead in paint prevented the UNEA from adopting a global resolution on its elimination. This related article from Voice of America features quotes from IPEN's Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign Manager and IPEN's Senior Science and Techincal Advisor: China Blocks UN Resolution to Curb Lead in Paint
The 4th meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) was held in Geneva from 28 September to 2 October 2015 and numerous IPEN Participating Organization representatives attended. For details about IPEN's activities at the meeting, please see the tabs above. For more information (including an agenda, other meeting documents and more), see the SAICM website.
Thesixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC6) for the international Mercury Treaty took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 3 - 7 November, 2014, and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part. Please see below some information about IPEN's activities during the conference.