The Minamata Convention on Mercury is the first global agreement specifically designed to address contamination from a heavy metal. It seeks to address issues related to the use and release of mercury including trade, industrial uses, and major sources of atmospheric emissions and releases of mercury into the environment, as well as long-term storage and disposal of mercury and mercury compounds.
BRI has been involved with the Convention since the beginning of the negotiating process. The meetings of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) that preceded and have continued since the adoption of the Convention include delegates from more than 140 countries and numerous NGOs interested in reducing mercury pollution.
The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7) was held March 10-15, 2016, in Jordan, with regional consultations held March 9, 2016.
UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, et al.: “Mercury monitoring: what do we know and what can we do”
Time: 3.00 p.m. – 4.45 p.m. Room: Dead Sea 2
The Minamata Convention requests parties to cooperate on geographically representative monitoring of the levels of mercury in vulnerable populations and in environmental media, building on existing monitoring networks and research programmes. The Air Transport and Fate Research Area of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership has been working on the development and coordination of such networks and programmes. This side event will present case studies from existing monitoring networks and initiatives, and discuss ways forward to coordinate such efforts.
BRI serves as co-lead of the Air Transport and Fate Research Area.
A new documentary produced by Intrepid Cinema will be previewed at the INC7 meeting in Jordan. The Islands and the Whales tells the story of the Faroe Islanders and their harvesting of pilot whales. However, the Faroese have discovered their traditional food is toxic. These indigenous people face difficult choices about this way of life.
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