Experts' profiles - Brenda Koekkoek
Brenda Koekkoek
Brenda Koekkoek is the programme officer responsible for the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. She joined the UNEP Chemicals Branch in 2006. Mercury partnerships between governments and other stakeholders were initiated in 2005 as one approach to reducing risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury. At that time,five partnership areas were identified including: mercury release from coal combustion, artisanal and small scale gold mining, mercury cell chlor alkali production, mercury in products, and mercury air transport and fate research.

Brenda's role has been to strengthen and enhance the partnerships.This has included facilitating the development of the Overarching Framework for the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, launched in June 2008, as well as providing support and guidance to partners in implementing specific actions.

Mercury is an important item on the agenda at the upcoming 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council (16-20 February 2009). The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is designed to complement any outcome related to mercury at Governing Council 25 and is widely considered the vehicle for immediate actions on mercury in moving forward.

Brenda's background is in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph in Canada. Prior to joining UNEP, she worked in the Clean Air Directorate at Environment Canada for six years where her main area of work related to transboundary air issues,particularly persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals.
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