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Mercury Treaty COP1

24 September, 2017

Hair sampling at the IPEN booth is underway! IPEN is taking hair samples from all those interested and sending them to Biodiversity Research Institute's laboratories for mercury analysis. Results will be complied and reported on at UNEA3.

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Some participants perused IPEN's Mercury Salon Magazine while they were getting their hair cut. This magazine is a compliation of various projects by IPEN and partners related to mercury in cosmetics.

23 September, 2017

Honoring Minamata

IPEN will continue to support our colleagues from Japan as they state that Minamata Disease is Not Over Yet. Representatives from the Collaboration Center for Minamata Disease Victims (Minamata Disease Victims’ Mutual Aid Society) are in Geneva attending the COP1 and reitering their message of No More Minamata! "By agreeing to the Mercury convention and restricting the use of mercury all over the world, a tragedy like Minamata disease should never be repeated." 

Shinobu Sakamoto, Minamata Disease survivor and long-time activist, along with Yu Tani (Carer) and Hiroko Saisho (translator).

23 September, 2017

IPEN is participating in the 1st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury ("Mercury Treaty COP1") taking place from 24 - 29 September in Geneva, Switzerland. 

IPEN team in Geneva

18 September, 2017

IPEN will conduct hair testing for mercury content at the COP1

IPEN has invited all COP1 delegates to come by the IPEN booth at the COP1 to get their hair tested for mercury. IPEN will be taking samples of delegates' hair and sending them to Biodiversity Research Institute's laboratories for mercury analysis. Results will be complied and reported on at UNEA3.

This follows testing that IPEN previously carried out at the Mercury Treaty INC1 and, more recently, as research for IPEN's Mercury in Women of Childbearing Age in 25 Countries study.

Mercury Hair Testing at COP1

14 September, 2017

IPEN Quick Views of the Minamata Convention (Engiish / español / 中文 )

IPEN's "Quick Views" is a summary statement of IPEN views on issues that COP1 will be called upon to address, including mercury supply sources and trade; reporting; effectiveness evaluation; ASGM national action plans; emissions; and more. 

9 September, 2017

IPEN will conduct free mercury monitoring of skin lightening creams and other cosmetics at the COP1

IPEN has invited all COP1 delegates to bring skin lightening creams and other cosmetics from their home countries for testing. “Skin lightening” and “freckle removing” skin creams that are sold around the world sometimes contain mercury. To follow up on previous testing (http://ipen.org/site/china-results and http://ipen.org/site/cosmetics-philippines), IPEN will be using an XRF analyzer to test skin creams for mercury content at the IPEN booth at the COP1. Information about mercury content in the creams will be provided to delegates immediately.

As noted in Article 4 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury:

Each Party shall not allow, by taking appropriate measures, the manufacture, import or export of mercury-added products listed in Part I of Annex A after the phase-out date specified for those products, except where an exclusion is specified in Annex A or the Party has a registered exemption pursuant to Article 6.

Cosmetics with mercury content above 1ppm, including skin lightening soaps and creams, are included in Part 1 of Annex A of the Convention. 

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