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State Department Official remarks before UN committee regarding proposed agreement on mercury

In remarks provided during the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury, Daniel A. Reifsnyder, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, stated that “[t]he United States remains committed to finalizing a robust and effective instrument this week, bringing us one step closer to our shared objective – to reduce global mercury pollution to protect human health and the environment” and listed specific concerns the U.S. had with portions of the text of the instrument.