Beyond expectations, the environmental ministers of 140 countries gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for the 25th UNEP Council meeting (20 February 2009), agreed to begin negotiating a treaty to control global mercury pollution. The new treaty for the control of global mercury emissions will include actions to reduce: mercury supply, its use in products and processes and overall atmospheric mercury emissions, which will ultimately reduce human and environmental exposure globally. The preparations for the negotiations on the global treaty will start in 2009 and will be completed by 2013.

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