May 12th, 2009
The first meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) was held March 31-April 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland. At this meeting Michael Bender, director of MPP and representing ZMWG, was appointed interim chair of a new proposed Partnership related to surplus mercury and supply issues. The PAG recognizes that mercury storage is closely linked to supply issues, and is therefore actively seeking a government representative to take the lead for the storage-supply partnership by October 2009. In the interim, ZMWG will update the PAG business plan, encourage progress on projects, and expand membership, while working collaboratively with UNEP to identify a government lead or co-lead for the Partnership. ZMWG’s letter further outlines the next steps forward for the Storage-Supply Partnership, with which UNEP concurs.
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