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)
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.
A strategy to begin seriously dealing with the heavy metal mercury and its highly toxic compounds is to come before the UN Environment Programme's Governing Council when it meets from 16 February.
An enhanced programme to reduce health and environmental threats from toxic mercury pollution was agreed by 140 governments at the close of an international gathering of environment ministers.
Mr. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director's Podcast on Golden Opportunity to Deal with Poisonous Quicksilver Pollution (February 2009)
I joined the Chemicals Branch as Head 16 months ago after many years of working, with various environmental issues outside and inside UNEP, including chemicals management including environmental risks of hazardous substances and a series of international negotiation assignments for international treaties.