The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) to prepare a treaty on mercury took place 13 - 18 January, 2013 in Switzerland and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part. This was the last negotiating committee meeting for the treaty, and it reached agreement on the text of the new treaty.
19 January 2013
Mercury Treaty Not Likely to Reduce Global Releases: Proposed name dishonours victims of the Minamata tragedy
(Geneva) – IPEN and other non-governmental organizations said that a new global mercury treaty is unlikely to reduce mercury releases, and may even result in increased mercury pollution at the close of treaty negotiations today. They also said that the proposed treaty name, “Minamata Convention”, dishonours those who continue to suffer from one of the worst cases of industrial mercury poisoning in the world. IPEN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations representing 700 public-interest organizations in 116 countries.