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Contaminated Sites


IPEN hosted a side event on 9 March from 15:00 - 16:45 in room Harranah 2 in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center. This side event highlighted the latest developments in the guidance for mercury-contaminated site identification, characterization and remediation. It addressed issues of relevance to Article 12 of the Minamata Convention and the urgent need to prioritize action to clean up mercury hot spots.

PRESS RELEASE: Activists Celebrate as Unilever Settles with Kodaikanal Workers

On 4 December, 2015, IPEN Participating Organization Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) represented the Armenian civil society sector at the inception workshop of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Global Environment Facility (GEF) full-sized project "Elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles and addressing POPs-contaminated sites within a sound chemicals management framework." The workshop, organized by the UNDP-Armenia office, was opened by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Nature protection RA.

The first press release is called:

ОКРУЖАЮЩУЮ СРЕДУ АБИНСКОГО РАЙОНА ПРОВЕРЯТ НА НАЛИЧИЕ РТУТИ / Abninsky region will be checked for mercury contamination

The second press release is called:

А РТУТЬ У НАС ВСЕ-ТАКИ ЕСТЬ! / We still have mercury around!

Please see them below, and find out more about Volgograd Ecopress' IMEAP project here

A new report, Contaminated Sites and Their Management, by IPEN Participating Organization Arnika, has just been released. This report is one of the major results of their joint project with EcoMuseum and CINEST, Kazakhstani NGOs based in Karaganda.

Later this month the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the multinational company Unilever will be honored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a Champion of the Earth.

Sadly, many communities and children have been affected by mercury pollution from a former thermometer factory run by Hindustan Unilever Ltd. in Kodaikanal, India. The Unilever corporation has rejected requests from the community to clean the mercury waste that is still contaminating the area, despite the factory having been closed since 2001.