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The risks associated with the release of mercury and its compounds on people’s health and the environment is of great concern to stakeholders, in particular local communities and regulatory authorities. National or regional legislation (US, EU) are already in place, and work has started under the umbrella of the United National Environment Program (UNEP) to develop a global legally binding instrument to manage mercury emissions from different sectors.

The process to develop a global framework is organized under the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC). The goal is to complete the negotiations with a diplomatic conference at the end of 2013.

To support the negotiations track, the Global Mercury Partnership has been formed, which will deal mainly with dialogue and experience sharing in various industry sectors on the management of mercury and its compounds from different activities. This partnership process will feed information and data into the decision making process of the INC track.

The CSI supports the work carried out by UNEP and is co-chairing the cement partnership on mercury as agreed by the Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) of UNEP in November 2011. This overall mercury management process develops and shares knowledge on mercury baseline data, emissions factors, monitoring and control technologies and development of guidance material on best environmental practices.

For further information, please see the relevant UNEP webpage.

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