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The News

Published Date: Aug 2, 2012

Global accord on mercury emissions recommended

The
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has called upon global
community to come up with a binding global mercury treaty to protect wildlife,
ecosystems and health from hazardous effects of rising level of mercury, the
only liquid metal found in nature.

In
a statement, the SDPI revealed that it moved a motion for a legally binding
treaty on emissions of mercury to the forthcoming meeting of International
Union of Conservation of Nature on ‘World Conservation Congress 2012’ being
held in Jejo, South Korea. The draft motion has garnered an overwhelming
support from organisations across the world, continued the statement. SDPI
urged the national and international organisation to come forward and support
the motion for cleaner and healthier environment.

The
draft resolution calls for effective measures to reduce and eliminate the use
of mercury and ask for a mandatory National Implementation Plan (NIP) to ensure
effective development and implementation of treaty. The resolution underlines
mandatory obligations to identify and characterise contaminated sites with
effective and enforceable treaty compliance provisions.

The
draft resolution also requests Director-General, IUCN, to work with the IUCN
Commissions and membership networks for the promotion of enhanced awareness
regarding adverse health effects of mercury exposure and protection.

The
statement showed deep concerns over weak measures in existing important global
treaty elements that are not effectively addressing the rising mercury levels
and are failing to protect wildlife, ecosystem and human health. It also said
that mercury is a toxic substance of concern and causes significant harm to
wildlife, ecosystems and human health at a global scale. It is also a major
threat to fish which constitutes an all-important nutritious component of human
diet.