Chemicals and Waste (old POPs)
Report of the GEF to the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (2016)
Consecutive and Joint Retreats of the GEF Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions and the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
This brochure outlines current GEF activities in reducing mercury contamination and points the way to stepped up efforts under the new Minamata Convention on Mercury.
In order to prevent global environmental pollution and health damage caused by mercury, a new convention named "Minamata Convention on Mercury" was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury
Healthcare waste including used syringes can spread diseases, like Hep B, Hep C and HIV, to anyone who comes in contact with it and handles it improperly. Proper disposal of healthcare waste is costly and often healthcare facilities in developing countries don't have other options than to burn or bury it, releasing dangerous toxic into the environment.
DID YOU KNOW that human milk samples can be used to measure POPs exposure to the general population?
Mount Kenya, the second highest one of Africa, is one of the pilot sites to collect human milk samples, which then will be taken to laboratories for analysis. “If POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) even appear here, far away, from any industrial activities or overcrowded cities, it’s an indication and confirmation of their global transportation”, says Charles MIRIKAU who works at Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi.
GEF Mercury Factsheet during GEF-5