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Formalizing Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining
As the small-scale gold mining sector becomes more lucrative, the need to control the hazardous effects of mercury (among other issues) has also increased. But formalising the industry through developing National Strategic Plans is the new proposed solution.

 

WED 2013 in Mongolia: Healthier solutions for gold miners
This year's UNEP Global Mercury Assessment found that small-scale gold mining accounts for 35 per cent of mercury emitted into the air and directly threatens the health of an estimated 15 million miners in 70 countries-mainly in Africa, Asia and South America.

 

UNEP MARKS AGREEMENT ON MINAMATA CONVENTION ON MERCURY

 

Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining

 

Reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants

 

Achim Steiner: The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury
From 31 October to 4 November 2011, delegates from 120 governments meet at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi for the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC3) . Mercury is listed by the World Health Organization as one of the top 10 chemicals of public health concern.

 

International Reactions on the Decisions on Mercury
A global crackdown on the poisonous pollutant mercury was agreed by environment ministers at the end of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council. 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.

 

Achim Steiner: Mercury Decision

 

US Statement on Mercury
At a global gathering of environmental ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, the Obama administration reverses its policy by calling for a treaty to cut mercury pollution. Interview with Daniel Reifsnyder, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Sustainable Development.

 

GC President on the Mercury Decision (February 2009)