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UN Draft Treaty on Chemicals Management, Including Mercury

Published February 20, 2009

This draft treaty on chemicals management was decided upon at the UN Environment Programme's Governing Council meeting in Nairobi in February 2009.

The press release states, “The landmark decision, taken by over 140 countries, sets the stage for the lifting of a major health threat from the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Governments unanimously decided to launch negotiations on an international mercury treaty to deal with world - wide emissions and discharges of a pollutant that threatens the health of millions, from fetuses and babies to small - scale gold miners and their families.

They also agreed that the risk to human health and the environment was so significant that accelerated action under a voluntary Global Mercury Partnership is needed whilst the treaty is being finalized.”