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A Toxics-Free Future

Mercury Treaty Chair of Negotiating Committee Visits Mercury Intoxication Photo Exhibit

IPEN Participating Organization BaliFokus organised a photo exhibit in the exhibition area of the Mercury Treaty's 7th Intenational Negotiating Committee (INC) meeting currently underway in the Dead Sea, Jordan. The exhibition shows 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. 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."

Read more about IPEN's activities at INC7 and view the exhibition photos here