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IPEN recently concluded its activities at the Mercury Treaty Diplomatic Conference in Kumamoto, Japan, which included side events and a press conference. For information about IPEN's work in Japan, see our "DipCon" page.

For Immediate Release:

Kumamoto, Japan — The signing of the world’s first international mercury treaty by delegates from more than 100 countries should spur three key actions to reduce total mercury pollution, the International NGO IPEN said.

“The mercury treaty is a victory because it represents a global consensus that mercury pollution presents a serious threat to human health and the environment. Now we need to get to work,” said Joe DiGangi, IPEN’s Senior Science and Technical Adviser. “Some treaty provisions are legally-binding obligations and others require governments to “endeavor” to take action. This means that each government has a moral, if not a legal commitment to fully implement all treaty provisions.”

For Immediate Release:

Kumamoto, Japan — The world’s first international mercury treaty should address mercury in artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) by applying the lessons from the Minamata tragedy, the International NGO IPEN said today.

At the conclusion of the International Minamata Symposium hosted by IPEN and Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution (CACP), IPEN presented its recently adopted Minamata Declaration on Toxic Metals to Minamata Disease Victims Group leader Shinobu Sakamoto and the larger Minamata community.

IPEN is hosting an International Toxics Metal Skillshare in Minamata, Japan:

  • International Toxic Metals Skillshare: 3 & 4 October, 2013 (42 participants from 26 countries)
  • International Minamata Symposium: 5 & 6 October, 2013 (convened by IPEN and Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution)

IPEN will also attend meetings convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kumamoto, Japan:

  • Mercury Treaty Preparatory Meeting: 7 & 8 October, 2013
  • Diplomatic Conference (Conference of Plenipotentiaries): 9 - 11 October, 2013

 

In preparation for the 4th Latin American & Caribbean regional meeting on the SAICM, Pesticide Action Network and IPEN produced two thought starter papers: one on Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides and SAICM and one on Highly Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM.

Study Shows Dangerous Lead Levels in Household Paints in Indonesia, Children’s Health at Risk

Kadar Timah Hitam Dalam Cat di Indonesia Membahayakan Kesehatan dan Tumbuh Kembang Anak

Jakarta — Most paint companies in Indonesia, including some major brands, sell paint for household use containing unsafe levels of lead, according to a study of lead in decorative paint in Indonesia released today.

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