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A Toxics-Free Future



A survey of mercury content in the hair of delegates at the first UN negotiating meeting for a global treaty on mercury.

At the 1st International Negotiating Committee (INC1) for a Global Treaty on Mercury, negotiators from 40 countries were tested by IPEN and SSNC, and mercury levels between 93 ug/kg and 2956 ug/kg were found in their hair samples. More than one-third of the samples exceeded the US National Research Council mercury reference dose of 1000 ug/kg.

This study addresses the data gaps identified in the UNEP Draft Final Review of Scientific Information on Lead and the UNEP Draft Final Review of Scientific Information on Cadmium where they relate to the trade in products that contain lead and cadmium. This study also investigates trade flows for products that contain mercury. In particular the study seeks to address the global trade flows of these products in and out of the Asia and the Pacific region in accordance with decisions 24/3 and 25/5 II of the Governing Council of the UNEP.