Groups Say: To Protect Indigenous Rights, End the Mercury Trade, Ban Mercury in Mining
Thursday, 02 November 2023
Geneva, Switzerland-At the Minamata Convention negotiations Tuesday delegates approved a resolution calling for support to the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the fight to end mercury pollution.
The Alaska Conservation Foundation has recognized Pamela Miller, IPEN’s global co-chair, with its 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award. Pam founded Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) in 1997 and serves as Executive Director, working passionately for environmental and reproductive justice, health, and human rights.
My name is Ghislaine TCHOKOUATOU, and I hold a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur in Accounting and Business Management. In 2013, I became interested in environmental causes and began working with the Cameroonian non-governmental organization Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement (JVE). For several years, they have been carrying out awareness-raising, education and advocacy campaigns to limit the aggravating actions of climate dysfunction in Cameroon and beyond.
A new report from Beyond Plastics and IPEN debunks the plastic industry’s claims that chemical recycling, also known as “advanced recycling,” will play a significant role in reducing global plastic pollution. In fact, the science and data outlined show that chemical recycling has failed for decades and will not contribute significantly to resolving the plastics crisis.
29 October 2023, Quezon City. The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition appealed to all parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury to come up with united decisions that will lead to the elimination of all mercury-added cosmetics from the face of the earth, including e-commerce.
Global mercury pollution has been recognised as a major problem that can only be tackled effectively by international regulation and government cooperation. Mercury is a hazardous neurotoxin that can cause many health problems in humans, and most exposure is caused by dietary impacts such as eating contaminated fish where mercury bioaccumulates.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury has been developed as the main international legal instrument to protect human health and the environment from mercury pollution with range of controls on trade, emissions, and use of mercury. The fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Mercury Treaty) will take place in Geneva from 30 October to 3 November 2023, and several important decisions will be discussed.