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Phasing out Mercury Added Products

In June 2016, Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD) in partnership with the European  Environment Bureau (EEB), Brussels, Belgium, in close collaboration with the Zero Mercury Working  Group (ZMWG) initiated a project in Kenya to contribute to towards early ratification and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and phasing out mercury added products (MAPs).

To contribute to development of MAPs phase down/out strategies and provisions for the adoption of alternatives.

The MAPs covered the Convention’s Annex A products

(i.e. health sector, batteries, cosmetics and lighting as well as dental amalgam).

In 2009, the United Nations Environment  Programme (UNEP) Governing Council convened an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to prepare a legally binding instrument on mercury.  Five INC meetings took place and the treaty text was finally agreed to on 19th January 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. In October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan, the Minamata Convention on Mercury (“the Convention”) was adopted and opened for signature.

Since 2013 Countries that aim to become a party to the convention are encouraged as part of the pre-ratification process to conduct a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA); this initial assessment enables a country to determine what is needed in order to ratify the Convention and, subsequently, to provide a basis for the development and implementation of phase down/out strategies for mercury and Mercury Added Products (MAPs).

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You can partner with us

We believe that our program dovetails well with Kenya’s ratification process, and particularly the MIA process. We welcome relevant government ministries and agencies, private sector, NGOs, media and interested public to partner with us and help contribute to the attainment of Kenya’s early ratification of the Minamata Convention.

How can you Partner?

  • Create awareness about the mercury treaty and dangers of mercury
  • Inform the Kenyan public to avoid the use of mercury containing products i.e. cosmetics, batteries, dental amalgam etc
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