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Sep 24, 2014, 11:07 ET

During UN meeting, Governments Urged to Ratify Mercury Treaty

 During the opening day of the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, NGOs are calling on governments to sign on and ratify the mercury...

Jan 23, 2014, 09:28 ET

Global NGOs welcome W.H.O. support for new Mercury Convention

Today, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) from around the world welcomed the adoption of a new resolution by the World Health...

Oct 01, 2013, 12:09 ET

In advance of treaty adoption, hair testing shows worldwide exposure to mercury

 Just prior to the adoption of a global treaty on mercury[i], a new Zero Mercury Working Group[ii] report[iii] highlights the importance of the...

Jan 19, 2013, 02:51 ET

Mercury treaty rises but weak emissions regime undercuts progress

 After four years of deliberation, a new global regime rises today that will govern toxic mercury worldwide.  The new treaty is a mixture...

Jan 10, 2013, 09:26 ET

Last Chance for Governments to Develop Strong Global Mercury Treaty

 Non-governmental organizations from around the world renewed their call for "Zero Mercury Now!" to world governments as representatives...

Dec 04, 2012, 10:04 ET

Evidence shows mercury threat underestimated ahead of UN treaty talks

 New reports released today show widespread global mercury contamination of seafood and health effects from methylmercury in seafood occurring...

Jun 27, 2012, 09:00 ET

Governments at UN Mercury Negotiations Urged to Reduce Exposure, End Toxic Trade

 As delegates from over 150 countries converge for the fourth session to negotiate a mercury treaty, NGOs from around the world are calling on...

Oct 31, 2011, 04:56 ET

Mercury Coalition Urges World Governments to Negotiate Strong Treaty

Today, delegates from more than 100 countries began the third round of negotiations for a legally binding treaty on mercury. Environmental and...

Jan 28, 2011, 11:49 ET

More Leadership Needed on Global Mercury Debate, Says Global Mercury Coalition

Delegates from more than 120 countries met this week to continue constructing a legally-binding global mercury treaty, expected to be signed in...

Jun 11, 2010, 14:21 ET

W.H.O. Lauded for Supporting Amalgam 'Phase Down,' Ban on Mercury in Skin Cosmetics as Treaty Negotiations Start in Stockholm

World governments, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme, today completed the first step towards a legally binding treaty...

Jun 07, 2010, 10:57 ET

Aiming High for a Robust Mercury Treaty!: Global NGO Coalition Calls on Countries to Control Mercury Pollution

As delegates from more than 100 countries today begin negotiating a treaty to control global mercury pollution, a coalition of environmental NGOs...

Oct 23, 2009, 11:52 ET

Zero Mercury Working Group: World Governments Move Towards Global Treaty on Mercury

Today, world governments took the first significant steps towards a Legally Binding Treaty to control mercury pollution at a United Nations...

Feb 20, 2009, 05:32 ET

Obama's Lead Results in Breakthrough Mercury Agreement, Say NGOs

After years of inaction on the environment, global ministers today agreed to negotiate a treaty to control global mercury pollution. The agreement...

Feb 16, 2009, 11:01 ET

Sea Change in U.S. International Environmental Policy on Mercury, Say Environmental Groups

Signaling an about face in U.S. international environmental policy, the Obama administration has dramatically reversed the former U.S. position on...

Feb 10, 2009, 11:39 ET

Mercury in Fish is a Global Health Concern

Citizens' groups say problem warrants immediate United Nations action As the world's governments convene next week to discuss developing a...