Africa: Mercury Treaty Gets the Nod

Governments have agreed to a global, legally binding treaty to prevent mercury emissions.

Artisanal diamond miners at work in an open-pit mine in Koidu.

  • Africa:  Minamata Convention Agreed By Nations

    United Nations Environment Program, 19 January 2013

    International effort to address mercury-a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects-was today delivered a significant boost with governments agreeing ... read more »

  • Africa:  Mercury Treaty Will Help Protect Right to Health

    Human Rights Watch, 19 January 2013

    The international mercury treaty just agreed sends an important signal that governments must do more to address the threat of mercury to the right to health, Human Rights Watch ... read more »

  • Africa:  Mercury Treaty Protects Vaccine Access

    PATH, 18 January 2013

    Advocacy efforts led by PATH help safeguard access to vaccines in treaty limiting mercury in the environment read more »

  • Africa:  Mercury Treaty - Last Chance to Address Health Effects

    Human Rights Watch, 10 January 2013

    A proposed international treaty to address the damaging effects of mercury should include specific provisions to protect the health of children and other vulnerable populations, ... read more »

  • Africa:  UNEP Studies Show Rising Mercury Emissions in Developing Countries

    United Nations Environment Program, 10 January 2013

    Communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment ... read more »

  • Africa:  UN Launches Key Research on Mercury Emissions

    United Nations Environment Program, 9 January 2013

    Communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to the heavy metal mercury, according to new studies released by the ... read more »

  • Africa:  Low-Mercury and Mercury-Free Solutions at Hand for Some Sectors of Gold Mining Industry

    United Nations Environment Program, 2 July 2012

    Over 500 representatives, including delegates from 128 governments and representatives from intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders, are currently convening in ... read more »

  • Namibia:  How to Resolve the E-Waste Challenge

    New Era, 13 July 2012

    ACCORDING to UN statistics, the global community produces a total of 40 million tonnes of e-waste every year - loaded into trucks the waste constitutes a chain that easily reaches ... read more »

  • Africa:  Urgent Action Needed to Reduce Growing Health and Environmental Hazards From Chemicals - UN Report

    United Nations Environment Program, 5 September 2012

    Coordinated action by governments and industry is urgently needed to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsustainable management of chemicals ... read more »

  • Kenya:  New European Union Directive On E-Waste Comes Into Force

    United Nations Environment Program, 15 August 2012

    The European Union (EU) has adopted new rules on electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), which aim to allow EU member states to combat the illegal export of waste more ... read more »