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Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment yet mercury contamination is widespread with many Europeans exposed to levels above what is internationally accepted to be safe.

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Cutting mercury emissions, improving people’s health
A joint position paper by HEAL, EEB, WWF, Greenpeace, Client Earth, AirClim and Change Partnership focuses on the need to cut mercury emissions to improve health and the environment. The current overhaul of EU air policy and the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC) is therefore a timely opportunity. Read more…

Governments urged to speed up ratification process of Minamata Convention
The new UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics Baskut Tuncak, has called on governments to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention, on the eve of a key meeting of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury. Read more…

EU consults on new mercury controls

The EU Commission is asking whether the EU should go further than the Minimata convention on mercury in a consultation on the treaty’s implementation. Read more…

New IPEN Mercury Guide
The International POPs Elimination Network IPEN, a global network working towards a toxic-free future has released a new guide to mercury pollution and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Read more…

Global NGOs welcome WHO support for new Mercury Convention
NGOs welcome the adoption of a new resolution by the WHO’s Executive Board, agreeing to both endorse and lend support for countries to address the health-related aspects of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. Read more…

Zero Mercury Working Group welcomes new Mercury Convention, calls for its speedy ratification

The Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition of over 95 NGOs urges 50 countries to step up and ratify the new Mercury Convention by 2015 - ‘50 by 2015 – Make it Happen!’ Read more…

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Support a Strong Mercury Treaty
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network working towards the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), recently asked for sign-ons to a civil society organisations joint statement calling for stronger mercury treaty provisions. Join HEAL and other organisations in supporting a strong mercury treaty. Learn more and give your support - Act now!


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