In October, 2013, IPEN adopted its “Minamata Declaration on Toxic Metals.” Along with IPEN’s “Stockholm Declaration,” which was developed in relation to IPEN’s work on the Stockholm Convention on POPs, and its “Dubai Declaration for a Toxics-Free Future,” which was developed in relation to IPEN’s work on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), IPEN’s “Minamata Declaration on Toxic Metals” was spurred on by IPEN’s further involvement in heavy metals issues, such as the Mercury Treaty and lead in paint. The Declaration was adopted by IPEN’s General Assembly in October 2013, and it was presented to Minamata Disease victims and community supporters at the International Minamata Symposium in Minamata, Japan.

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