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2014-01-23 12:23:56

GENEVA, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) from around the world welcomed the adoption of a new resolution by the World Health Organization's Executive Board (WHO EB), agreeing to both endorse and lend support for countries to address the health-related aspects of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. They also applauded WHO for encouraging governments to "promptly sign, ratify and implement" the Convention. "Prompt ratification...

2011-01-28 10:49:00

CHIBA, Japan, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delegates from more than 120 countries met this week to continue constructing a legally-binding global mercury treaty, expected to be signed in Minamata, Japan in 2013. While many important issues were discussed, public interest NGOs urged delegates to be more ambitious when setting the mercury treaty's scope and goals. "Governments need to step up and take more leadership in this debate," stated Linda E. Greer, Ph.D., of the...

2010-06-11 13:21:00

STOCKHOLM, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World governments, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme, today completed the first step towards a legally binding treaty to control mercury pollution at the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) meeting, in Stockholm, Sweden. These initial discussions will provide a strong basis for developing the text of the treaty, starting at the next INC meeting in Tokyo, Japan, January 2011. "The participation of 132...

2010-06-07 09:57:00

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As delegates from more than 100 countries today begin negotiating a treaty to control global mercury pollution, a coalition of environmental NGOs and indigenous nation representatives(i) from around the world are calling on them to curb the rising tide of mercury pollution worldwide. Mercury has contaminated global food supplies at levels which pose a significant risk to human health, and exposure to methylmercury places the developing...

2009-11-18 09:33:00

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hailed as "a breakthrough" by Green Groups, an agreement in concept was reached yesterday by a World Health Organization (W.H.O.)-convened international expert group, supporting the "phase down" of dental mercury use worldwide. [1] However, the groups note that there is still much work to be done in deciding how and when a global dental amalgam phase down will occur. "As a first step, I'm pleased to positively support a global 'phase...

2009-10-23 10:52:00

BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, world governments took the first significant steps towards a Legally Binding Treaty to control mercury pollution at a United Nations Environmental Program meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Their recommendations now provide countries with a basis to head into the International Negotiating Committee (INC) meetings starting in Stockholm, June 2010. "We are happy that governments agreed on rules of procedures, which allow NGO...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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