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INC7 (2016)

15 March, 2016

Press Release:

Majority of the world snubbed by EU refusal to act promptly on contaminated sites

Delay dishonours victims of the Minamata tragedy 

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.

Read the entire press release

13 March, 2016 

IPEN Intervention on Mercury Wastes

IPEN Intervention on Contaminated Sites

IPEN Intervention on ASGM 

Semia Gharbi a Mauratanian delegate (Photo by ENB)
12 March, 2016

IPEN Intervention on Evaluation de l'Efficacité & Etablissement des Rapports

IPEN Intervention on Reporting

11 March, 2016

Indonesian NGO BaliFokus organised a photo exhibit in the exhibition area of the meeting venue, showing some pictures of mercury intoxicated suspects, children and adults, from Indonesia's artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) hotspots and the former thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India. Today Yuyun Ismawati, IPEN Lead on ASGM and Senior Advisor for Balifokus, had an opportunity to brief Fernando Lugris, Chair of the Treaty INCs, about the health impacts of mercury. Ms. Ismawati concluded the briefing by saying, "After miners stop using mercury and switch to a safer alternative, the legacies that remain are: health impacts and contaminated sites."

New Minamata Disease Outbreak Photo Exhibit

Kodaikanal Mercury Thermometer Photo Exhibit
Rochelle Diver and Yuyun Ismawati setting up photo exhibit
Yuyun Ismawati and Fernando Lugris, Chair of the INC7








IPEN Intervention on Best Available Techniques / Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) 

IPEN Intervention on Supply Sources and Trade

10 March, 2016

The INC7 opened today and IPEN delivered an opening statement in plenary that noted that, amongst other things, effective, affordable and scientifically sound guidance for the identification and management of mercury contaminated sites is urgently required, and that there is also a requirement for adequate financial resources for those countries most in need to manage contaminated sites in a sustainable manner to protect future generarions. Read the entire statement here.

Lee Bell delivering IPEN Opening Statement








9 March, 2016

IPEN Participating Organizations Balifokus and Ban Toxics press release: Indonesia may be undermining global mercury agreement. Groups urge government to close all mercury mines, report supply and trade. 

6 March, 2016

IPEN will be hosting a side event on 9 March from 15:00 - 16:45 in room Harranah 2 in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center. This side event will highlight the latest developments in the guidance for mercury-contaminated site identification, characterization and remediation. It will address issues of relevance to Article 12 of the Minamata Convention and the urgent need to prioritize action to clean up mercury hot spots. In addition, there will be discussion of the challenges involved in the remediation of ASGM sites as well as industrial and legacy sites, with a particular focus on the public health implications of inaction.

4 March, 2016

IPEN Quick Views of the Minamata Convention INC7

In the run-up to the meeting, which willl take place 10 - 15 March, 2016 in the Dead Sea, Jordan, IPEN has released its "Quick Views" of the Minamata Convention's INC7. This document is a summary statement of some IPEN views about issues that will be taken up at the INC7; including, among others, contaminated sites, artisanal and small-scale gold mining, mercury supply and trade, mercury waste, effectiveness evaluation and finances.

Currently available in English, français and español, the Quick Views will be posted in additional languages shortly.

1 March, 2016

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC7) for the international Mercury Treaty will take place in the Dead Sea, Jordan, from 9 - 15 March, 2016 November, and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations are participating.

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