UN’s new treaty on mercury: A breakthrough opportunity for reduction of mercury globally

In January, representatives from more than 140 nations met in Geneva and approved a new treaty to reduce the use and release of mercury worldwide and minimize its effects on people all over the world.  Yet the need for tighter regulations on mercury have been on the civil society agenda of social and environmental organisations for a long time.

The Mercury Policy Project helped form and co-coordinates with the Brussels-based European Environmental Bureau the Zero Mercury Working Group — an NGO coalition of over 90...