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Regulating Global Mercury Uses and Releases Control- Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee Fifth Meeting (INC-5) – Issues and Concerns for Pakistan

Jan 7

3:00 am to 5:00 pm

SDPI, Islamabad

Note: You may also watch live
streaming of the event at

Entry is open to all


Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Assessments finalized in
December 2002 indicated (a) the global scale and severity of toxic mercury
contaminations of life forms and ecosystems in all regions of our planet. (b)
that as a toxic substance of global concern, mercury causes significant harm to
wildlife, ecosystems and human health in general and to some populations, most
notably the fetus and young children are especially susceptible; and (c) that
mercury is a major threat to fish which is an all important and valuable
nutritious component of the human diet.

In the past, the releasing of mercury into Minamata Bay, Japan,
has lead to severe contamination and the horrific devastation of the
environment and human health tragedy.
and other scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that the mercury threat has grown
substantially since the turn of the century. As a result, the world governments
need to step up their efforts to reduce global mercury pollution. In 2009, the
United Nations General Assembly on the environment adopted a decision to
develop a legally binding instrument on mercury. The treaty is expected to
include actions to reduce among others, mercury supply, trade, its use in
products and processes, and atmospheric mercury emissions, which will
ultimately reduce human exposure to mercury globally. What’s
needed is the political will to make the necessary commitments to safeguard
children and future generations from mercury exposure. Also of vital importance
to developing countries is the issue of financing to help them comply with
treaty obligations.

The final treaty negotiation session in Geneva in mid-January
2013 is our world’s last chance to create a strong program for international
action and cooperation. The world deserves Zero Mercury Now!

Chair: Eng. Asif S.Khan, Director General, Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA), Islamabad


  • Syed Zaheer Ahmad Gilani, Executive Director/NPM,
    Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan
  • Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor, Chemicals and
    Sustainable Industrial Development, SDPI