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Factsheet on naming the mercury treaty, including parts of a Minamata statement.

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.

In 2009, governments of the world agreed to start negotiations on a global mercury treaty with the goal of finishing by 2013. After consultations and input from NGOs in all regions of the world, IPEN adopted its “Views on a Global Mercury Treaty” policy statement, which explains why a global treaty on mercury is needed and puts forward a civil society vision for the treaty.

IPEN Participating Organization SDPI in the news:
One Pakistan, July 30, 3012. SDPI calls for legally binding global mercury treaty to protect wildlife

IPEN Participating Organization CEPHED in the news:
Himalayan News Service, July 23, 2012
KATHMANDU: A campaign to eliminate lead-based paints was launched in the Capital today.

The campaign aims at raising widespread awareness among business entrepreneurs, consumers and policy makers about the adverse impacts on human health from lead based decorative paints.

Ravi Agarwal, director of IPEN Participating Organization Toxics Link, on “Satyamev Jayate" telecast:
Satyamev Jayate, National Channel, Star TV July 22, 2012

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) to prepare a global treaty on mercury took place in Punta del Este, Uruguay and many IPENers participated.

Mercury At-a-Glance

12 June 2012 - 2:12pm -- ipen

Exposure to high levels of mercury can permanently damage the brain and kidneys and has been shown to affect a developing fetus, even months after the mother's exposure. In the aquatic environment, mercury can be transformed into methylmercury, a compound that is more toxic at low doses than pure mercury, absorbed by sea life, and then ingested by humans and other animals that eat seafood.

IPEN has just released "An NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution." This book provides information about mercury pollution and its harm to human health and the environment. The book also presents the major sources of mercury pollution and calls for civil society efforts at the local, national, and global level to work toward controlling human activities that release mercury into the environment.

View the NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution.