One year on, UN expert urges ratification of treaty to phase out mercury use

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Baskut Tuncak, urged governments around the world today to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of the toxic heavy metal.

Governments at UN forum agree on legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution

Over 140 governments meeting at a United Nations forum in Geneva have agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to address mercury, a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects.

UN environment agency chief urges global action to curb mercury

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called on governments to intensify efforts to produce an international agreement curbing the poisonous heavy metal mercury.

New UN-backed voluntary programme seeks to curb toxic mercury pollution

Governments have two years to see whether a voluntary programme to reduce health and environmental threats from toxic mercury is working under a new United Nations-backed initiative or if a legally-binding treaty is needed to curb the heavy metal linked with a wide range of medical problems, including neurological damage to babies.

UN environmental agency to study mercury supply in bid to curb health risks

The United Nations environmental agency was asked today to conduct a study on the amounts of mercury being traded and supplied around the world in an effort to reduce the health and environmental risks from the heavy metal that has been linked with a wide range of medical problems, including neurological damage to babies.

Environment ministers at UN meeting seek to reduce global levels of mercury

Global action to reduce mercury levels is high on the agenda for environment ministers from around the world, who convened in Nairobi today for the opening of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council's annual meeting.