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Mercury

IPEN Seeks Endorsers for Global Common Statement

In the run-up to the Rio + 20 global meeting, IPEN and partners have created a Global Common Statement for a Toxics-Free Future to create greater awareness about the increasing amounts of toxic chemicals in the environment, our food, communities and children. The endorsers of this statement have not forgotten the commitments made at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.

In China, skin-lightening and freckle-removing products are popular products among women. Like the saying goes, “White skin can conceal 100 other defects in your appearance.” Unfortunately, an ingredient used to make skin white, can cause defects instead of concealing them.

Mercury Treaty

In 2009, recognizing the current impacts and continuing threats of ongoing mercury contamination, governments of the world agreed to start negotiations on a global, legally binding mercury treaty w

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC1) to prepare the treaty on mercury took place 31 October- 4 November, 2011 in Kenya. Many representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part.

The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare the treaty on mercury (INC2) took place 24-28 January, 2011 in Japan and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part.

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.

By Jack Weinberg

Senior Policy Advisor, IPEN

October, 2010

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.

The first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare the treaty on mercury (INC1) took place 7-11 June, 2010 in Sweden and numerous representatives from IPEN Participating Organizations took part.

The goal of this project was to gather and analyze information related to the availability, suitability and cost of mercury-containing versus mercury-free mass products in developing countries (DCs) and countries with economies in transition (CiTs). In order to have a broad picture of the global situation, two countries were selected to represent each of four UN regions:

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