Patients and Workers Platform

Mercury in the North: Sources of Contamination and International Policies to Protect Health & Human Rights

16 June 2016, The Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Mercury in the North: Sources of Contamination and International Policies to Protect Health & Human Rights

by Rochelle Diver, Environmental Health Program Coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council. She received her Master Degree in Human Rights from the University of Sidney in 2012.

Mercury is an extremely toxic metal that is naturally occurring and can damage the human nervous System. Mercury is released into the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources and also has broad uses in everyday objects. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the Environment from the adverse effects of Mercury.

See below on recent Mercury Convention negotiations and the importance of this treaty to the health and human rights of Indigenous communities.

http://healthandenvironment.org/wg_calls/18507

Chemicals Health Monitor (CMH)

CHEMICALS HEALTH MONITOR (CMH)

Launched by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) in 2007, the Chemicals Health Monitor (CHM) aims to improve public health by encouraging more protective regulations of hazardous chemicals in Europe and beyond. This is done through the mobilisation of various constituencies and deploying key environmental health science at critical points of public discourse and policy discussions.

www.chemicalshealthmonitor.org

This Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) project is supported from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Umweltbundesamt (UBA) and the European Union (EU).

Partnerships and collaborations

HEAL is a member of the following expert groups and networks:

  • WHO European Environment and Health Task Force (EEHTF)
  • EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Member State Committee
  • ECHA Management Board
  • ECHA Management Advisory Group on Dissemination
  • ECHA Expert Group on EDCs
  • EU EDCs Expert Advisory Group
  • EU Ad Hoc Group on EDCs
  • International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

HEAL addresses environmental health concerns through its partnership with the US-based Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), which strengthens the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health.