United Nations Environment Programme Testimonies on Mercury
On 1 November 2011, Mark R. Geier, MD, PhD, a founding director of the non-profit 501(c)3 Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD), Inc., addressed the third session of the Intergovernmental Negiotiating Committee (INC3) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Niarobi, Kenya. At the time, the INC was negotiating a global mercury treaty intended to protect human health and the environment. Dr. Mark Geier and members of the international CoMeD negotiating team (Lisa Sykes and David Geier) are the most outspoken proponents of a global ban on mercury in medicine and dentistry. Dr. Geier’s speech directly addresses the undisclosed and unnecessary presence of Thimerosal (mercury) still in vaccines and administered to the most vulnerable among us, pregnant women and children.
The testimonies were delivered by a variety of experts and citizens about mercury in dental fillings and vaccines to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Negotiations at five international meetings led to UNEP’s 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury, now signed and ratified by nearly 100 countries, including the US. The global treaty, which aims to limit the use of industrial mercury due to health and environmental concerns, phases down dental amalgam but does not contain a phase down for the mercury in vaccines.
Mark Geier of Comed has partnered with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to form “Mercury Free Baby” a website devoted to raising ongoing awareness of the harm from mercury in vaccines and “silver” amalgam dental fillings, while also offering knowledge of mercury-free solutions.