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.
INC3 NGO team
IPEN’s Initial Views on the Draft Mercury Treaty Text
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.
IPEN Views on the Mercury INC2 Elements Document
Prior to the meeting, IPEN prepared an analysis of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) “Draft elements of a comprehensive and suitable approach to a global legally binding instrument on mercury” document, called: “IPEN Views on the Mercury INC2 Elements Document.” IPEN was disappointed by the UNEP document, as we felt that the measures outlined in the paper were insufficient to drive the actions that are needed to reduce releases of mercury to the global environment on the scale required to adequately protect human health and the environment and bring down global mercury pollution so that fish are once again safe to eat.
This was circulated to government delegates planning to attend the INC2.
IPEN’sINC2 follow-up document
In addition, following the INC2, IPEN shared with delegates and others some thoughts and observations about the meeting. IPEN felt that important progress was made at INC2, but discussions at the meeting also highlighted some concerns that we wanted to raise. See IPEN’sINC2 follow-up document: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
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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.
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.
IPEN Views on a Global Mercury Treaty
Prior to the meeting, IPEN prepared Views on a Global Mercury Treaty, which explains why a global treaty on mercury is needed and puts forward a civil society vision for the treaty.
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: