Manila Mercury Declaration/ Declaraciуn de Manila sobre el uso de Mercurio sign now

ENGLISH (versiуn en Espaсol abajo/ version franзaise ci-dessous)

THE MANILA MERCURY DECLARATION

We, miners, as the most exposed to mercury releases, recognize that mercury is a dangerous substance. Mercury releases need to be reduced, as well as its health and environmental impact minimized.

However, its use is important for gold recovery process.

We consider that our mining activity generates high employment, livelihood opportunities and that extraction of minerals is contributing to local, regional and national economic development.

We embrace the commitment to:
-> minimize and where feasible, eliminate the mercury releases of our activity;
-> adopt over time mercury-free techniques

This commitment can only be honored if:
-> our activity is legalized and recognized as part of the mining sector;
-> this formalization has to be facilitated and promoted by our governments;
-> capacity building and technology transfer programs are made accessible with our participation;
-> basic public services and infrastructures are put in place.

Our commitment needs governments reciprocity to become a reality.

UNEP Global Forum on Artisanal & Small-scale Mining
Manila, 8th December 2010

Signed by:
Eunice Negele Tanzania Women Miners Association Tanzania
Golden Hainga MWAREMA Tanzania
Leonicio D. Na Oy Benguiet Federation of Small-Scale Miners Philippines
Ralph Basa Alliance of Advocacy in Mining Advancement for National Progress - Philippines
Roberto Buniales Mindanao Federation of Small-scale Miners Agrupation (MINFED) Philippines
Tsengel Damidandorj Bornuur Miners Association - Mongolia
Narantsogt Belkhuu Bornuur Miners Association Mongolia
Manuel Reinoso Sociedad Nacional de Minerнa de Pequeсa Escala - Peru



ESPAСOL

DECLARACION DE MANILA SOBRE MERCURIO

Nosotros, los mineros, siendo los mas expuestos a las emisiones de mercurio, reconocemos que el mercurio es una sustancia peligrosa. Las emisiones de mercurio deben ser reducidas, y sus impactos ambientales y de salud, minimizados.

Sin embargo, su utilizaciуn es importante para el proceso de recuperaciуn de oro.

Nosotros consideramos que nuestra actividad minera genera mucho empleo, oportunidades de ingresos y que la extracciуn de minerales estб contribuyendo al desarrollo econуmico local, regional y nacional.

Nos comprometemos a:

-> Minimizar, y en donde sea posible, eliminar las emisiones de mercurio de nuestras operaciones
-> Adoptar progresivamente tйcnicas libres de mercurio

Este compromiso puede ser cumplido siempre y cuando:

-> Nuestra actividad sea legalizada y reconocida como parte del sector minero;
-> Esta formalizaciуn debe ser facilitada y promovida por nuestros gobiernos;
-> Tengamos acceso y participemos en programas de capacitaciуn y de transferencia de tecnologнas;
-> Se cree infraestructura y servicios pъblicos bбsicos.

Nuestro compromiso requiere de reciprocidad de los gobiernos para hacerse realidad.

FORO GLOBAL PNUMA SOBRE MINERIA ARTESANAL Y DE PEQUEСA ESCALA,
MANILA, FILIPINAS, Diciembre 2010.






FRANЗAISE

DЙCLARATION DE MANILLE SUR LE MERCURE

Nous, mineurs, йtant les plus exposйs aux rejets mercuriels, reconnaissons que le mercure est une substance dangereuse. Les rejets de mercure doivent diminuer ainsi que leurs impacts sanitaires et environnementaux minimisйs.

Cependant, son utilisation est importante pour les procйdйs de rйcupйration dor.

Nous considйrons que nos activitйs miniиres gйnиrent un niveau йlevй demplois ainsi que dopportunitйs de gйnйrer un revenu et que lextraction de minerais contribue au dйveloppement йconomique tant local que rйgional et national.

Nous prenons lengagement de :
-> minimiser et, lorsque cela et possible, йliminer les rejets mercuriels gйnйrйs par notre activitй ;
-> adopter progressivement des technologies sans recours au mercure.

Cet engagement peut кtre honorй а condition que :
-> notre activitй soit lйgalisйe et reconnue comme faisant partie intйgrante du secteur minier ;
-> cette formalisation soit facilitйe et encouragйe par nos gouvernements ;
-> des programmes de professionnalisation ainsi que de transfert de technologie soient mis en place avec notre participation ;
-> les services publics et infrastructures de base sont mis en place.

Notre engagement nйcessite une rйciprocitй de la part des gouvernements afin quil devienne une rйalitй.

Forum mondial sur lextraction miniиre artisanale et а petite йchelle de lor organisй par le PNUE
Manille, 8 dйcembre 2010




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