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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. More »

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. More »

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. More »


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.
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Short Films

GC President on the Mercury Decision (February 2009)
International Reactions to Mercury by UNEP Executive Director (February 2009)


Mr. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director's Podcast on Golden Opportunity to Deal with Poisonous Quicksilver Pollution (February 2009)