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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!’

The Zero Mercury Working Group welcomes the new treaty which holds critical obligations that affect primary mining of mercury, mercury product phase-outs, mercury use, trade, emissions and disposal, among others, that taken together will eventually lead to global mercury reductions.

The Working Group urges governments to pay homage to the small town of Minamata in Japan and the tragedy that befell this bucolic village by undertaking concrete activities that begin reducing global mercury pollution and ratifying the treaty quickly so that it legally enters into force.

“Governments and all the stakeholders involved need to build upon this momentum by continuing to undertake mercury reduction activities in parallel, and ratifying the treaty as fast as possible,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, ZMWG International Coordinator. “We urge 50 countries to step up and ratify by 2015 —‘50 by 2015 – Make it Happen!’”

Read the full press release from the ZMWG here

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Originally posted on 27 November 2013

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