At the twenty-third session of the Governing Council of the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), governments agreed to develop
and implement partnerships as one approach to reducing the risks
to human health and the environment from the release of mercury
and its compounds to the environment. Governments, intergovernmental
and non-governmental organizations and the private sector were urged
to develop and implement partnerships in a clear, transparent and
accountable manner. UNEP was requested to facilitate work between
its mercury program and governments, other international organizations,
nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and the partnerships.
As a result of the UNEP Governing Council decision, UNEP, governments
and interested stakeholders have been working to further develop
such partnerships. In 2005, WCC became a partner in the UNEP's
Global Partnership on Mercury Reduction in the Chlor-alkali
Sector and has been an active contributor.