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A Toxics-Free Future



IPEN representatives participated in the open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting and the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (the Diplomatic Conference, or "DipCon") on the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” in the second week of October, 2013 in Japan. Please see information about IPEN's activities during the conference below and via the tabs above.  

IPEN Participating Organization Pesticide Action Network Mauritius is highlighted for their work testing hair for mercury in the article below.

CITÉ LA CHAUX: Le Pesticide Action Network effectue des tests de cheveux

Le Mauricien, 12 Juin, 2013

Patrick Yvon

Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith (former IPEN Co-Chair) from IPEN Participating Organization National Toxics Network, quoted in story below:

Actions at INC3

Once in Kenya, IPEN representatives carried out an important action to remind delegates about the true price of gold- children's health. In Africa, children under the age of 18 may constitute up to 30% - 50% of the workforce in artisanal small scale gold mining (ASGM), a practice that often uses mercury to extract gold, seriously endangering workers and the environment.

Flyers that were handed out to delegates during the acton (clck to enlarge):