Dave Simone DDS
Dave Simone of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology shares his experieinces at the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC2) which was held in Chiba, Japan from 24 to 28 January, 2011.
Reducing Risk from Mercury
Mercury is recognized as a chemical of global concern due to its long-range transport in the atmosphere, its persistence in the environment, its ability to bioaccumulate in ecosystems and its significant negative effect on human health and the environment.
Mercury can produce a range of adverse human health effects, including permanent damage to the nervous system, in particular the developing nervous system. Due to these effects, and also because mercury can be transferred from a mother to her unborn child, infants, children and women of child bearing age are considered vulnerable populations.
UNEP has been working to address mercury issues since 2003. Currently, the UNEP mercury programme has two main facets.
UNEP Global Mercury Partnership