States agree terms of global mercury treaty talks

World governments have agreed on the timetable and rules for formal talks to draw up a binding global treaty on mercury pollution. The details were agreed at a UN environment programme (UNEP) working group meeting in Bangkok on Friday.

Key issues for the first meeting of the International Negotiating Committee (INC) in June 2010 will include the supply, trade and storage of surplus mercury, governments agreed. A total of five INC meetings will be held before the treaty's expected adoption in 2013.

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