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A Toxics-Free Future

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Fernando Bejarano, Director of RAPAM, IPEN’s Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean, participated in a workshop on “Minamata Convention, challenges and opportunities in Colombia” that was held in Bogota, Colombia in mid-November. The workshop was organized by the University of Los Andes Group on Environmental Law, the Colombian Environment and Foreign Officers Ministries, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with sponsorship from the Swiss government.

Extracting gold with mercury exacts a lethal toll

IPEN Participating Organization BaliFokus is featured in this PBS NewsHour video about mercury poisoning due to small scale gold mining activities in indonesia. 

Uncommon Disease: Dita's World

By Larry C. Price

RAU-RAU, Indonesia—Off the main road and down a terraced hillside, there is a small house painted a bright aqua. Behind the tidy house a much smaller bamboo hut sits on a foundation of stacked stones, like a cage on a platform. 

Inside the hut it is dark, except for thin bands of light that filter through gaps in the bamboo walls. 

A small girl lies on a blanket on the floor. Her mother crouches at her side.

(Jakarta) A preliminary exploration of the impact of mercury use in three Indonesian artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities found that one-third of the people in one community satisfied WHO guidelines for mercury poisoning along with many children with birth defects, nervous system damage and delayed development. 

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