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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.

The ‘NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution and the Minamata Convention on Mercury’ aims at educating and orienting NGOs and decision-makers about mercury pollution, as well as helping to prepare for the implementation and ratification of the new Mercury Treaty.

The first edition of this NGO Introduction, originally released in 2010, was written to help educate NGOs and other stakeholders to engage in the global mercury treaty negotiations that lead to the Minamata Convention. This new edition provides information about the impacts of mercury on human health and the environment as well as information on the recently adopted Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The updated version encourages and enables global NGOs to engage in local, national and international activities aimed at controlling mercury pollution. The information included can be used in campaigns raising awareness of the effects of mercury on our health and the environment. It identifies sources of mercury pollution and suggests what can be done to control them. It also summarises the most important aspects of the Minamata Convention and encourages civil society in all countries to engage in advocacy efforts aimed at ensuring that governments adopt, ratify and fully implement the mercury treaty.

There are also additional suggestions on how different aspects of the Mercury Treaty may be used in campaigns by NGOs and civil society organisations to encourage government action to minimise mercury pollution. The booklet is targeted at those working for the protection of public health and the environment including public health and environmental advocacy organisations, medical and health care professionals, organisations representing communities or constituencies potentially impacted by mercury exposure, trade unions and others.

The booklet can be downloaded online here

More information on IPEN’s work available via their website at

IPEN plans to translate this booklet in to all official UN languages as soon as possible.

Originally posted on 14 May 2014

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