Published Date: Sep 5, 2012
PROTECTION OF HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT FROM TOXIC MERCURY
The World leaders at IUCNs “Global Conservation Congress 2012”, should support legally binding treaty on Mercury to protect health, environment and ecosystem from hazardous and toxic Mercury, said Dr Mahmood. A Khwaja, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) while addressing a press conference at Press Club here on Tuesday.
He informed that SDPI has moved a motion for a global treaty to the upcoming IUCNs “Global Conservation Congress 2012” to be held in Jejo, Republic of Korea this month. “The 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,” he said while sharing the details of proposed resolution.
Dr. Khwaja said, the motion asks for mandatory obligations to identify 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, he added.
Talking of harmful effects of Mercury, he said, Mercury is an extremely toxic substance which is a major threat to wildlife, ecosystem and human health at a global scale.