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COLOMBIA BRINGS TO 113 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 26 August 2019, the Government of Colombia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 113th Party to the Minamata Convention.


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Making Mercury History: The Minamata Convention celebrates its second anniversary

Two years ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention came into force as a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from human-induced emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.


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REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO BRINGS TO 112 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 6 August 2019, the Government of the Republic of the Congo deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 112th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Draft report on effectiveness evaluation comments received

The draft report of the ad hoc technical expert group was open for comment from 1 August to 5 September 2019. The draft report responds to the mandate of MC-1/9 and MC-2/20. View comments received.

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COMOROS BRINGS TO 111 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 23 July 2019, the Government of Comoros deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 111th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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COP3 Participants Information

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will take place from 25 to 29 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • The online platform for pre-registration is available until the 11 November 2019.
  • Parties and stakeholders may submit applications for events and exhibitions to the Secretariat by 13 September 2019.

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MONTENEGRO BRINGS TO 110 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 10 Jun 2019, the Government of Montenegro deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 110th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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TUVALU BRINGS TO 109 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 7 Jun 2019, the Government of Tuvalu deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 109th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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SCHEDULE OF INTERSESSIONAL WORK UPDATED

COP-3 will be held in Geneva from 25 to 29 November 2019. Updated schedule for submissions, commenting and development of COP documents is available.

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South Africa brings to 108 the  number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
The government of South Africa deposited its instrument of ratification on 29 April 2019.

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 Global Mercury Assessment 2018

This update to the Global Mercury Assessment 2013 provides the most recent information available for the worldwide emissions to air, releases to water, and transport of mercury in atmospheric and aquatic environments.

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NAP Guidance document

This document developed by UN Environment Programme is intended to provide guidance to countries in formulating artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) National Action Plans (NAPs) that are compliant with the requirements of the Minamata Convention. The document also provides technical, legal and policy information on issues related to ASGM, which may be useful when preparing and implementing the NAP. This guidance is indicative – the use of this document is not mandatory or a requirement under the Convention. French version - Spanish version

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Ireland and the State of Palestine bring to 107 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention

The governments of Ireland and the State of Palestine deposited their instrument of ratification and accession respectively, on 18 March 2019.

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Saint Lucia, Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia and Uganda bring to 105 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention

The governments of Saint Lucia, Marshall Islands and Saudi Arabia deposited their instrument of accession respectively on 23, 29 January and 27 February while Uganda’s government deposited its instrument of ratification on 1 March 2019.

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Specific International Programme – Second Round of Applications open until 14 June 2019

Eligible Parties are invited to submit applications to the Second Round of the Specific International Programme that was established to support capacity building and technical assistance.

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Submissions received in preparation for COP3

Submissions for COP3 on releases, waste, contaminates sites and effectiveness evaluation were received by 15 February. Other submissions are due by 31 May 2019.

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Saint Lucia bring to 102 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 23 January 2019, the Government of Saint Lucia deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 102nd Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Specific International Programme: Third Meeting of the Governing Board, 14-15 February 2019, Geneva

Members of the Governing Board will discuss preparations to launch the Second Round for projects applications, as well as elements for a resource mobilization strategy.

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COP2 calls for follow up actions in preparation for COP3

The Executive Secretary conveys her sincere gratitude to Parties and stakeholders for contributing to the success of the conference and shares a summary of key follow up items, including call for submissions and nominations.

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Kumamoto celebrates the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention

The Minamata Convention was adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) in Kumamoto, Japan, on 10 October 2013. The citizens of Kumamoto celebrated the 5th anniversary with a “mercury-Free Fair” on 18 November 2018.

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Countries meet to address mercury as global emissions rise by 20%

Global mercury emissions rose by 20% between 2010 and 2015. Mercury is deadly to human health and technology hasn't been able to offset this rise which may be partly due to the recovery of major coal burning economies in the years following the 2008 crash.

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Ratification of the Convention by Guinea-Bissau and Tonga

On 22 October 2018, the Governments of Guinea-Bissau and Tonga deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 100th and 101st Parties to the Convention.

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VANUATU BRINGS TO 99 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 16 October 2018, the Government of Vanuatu deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 99th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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On the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention: Find the artist that created your tumbler

Today makes the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) in Kumamoto, Japan. All DipCon delegates were presented with a tumbler for hot or cold drinks decorated by school children from Minamata City and Kumamoto City.

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Specific International Programme: The first five projects approved

The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme met in Oslo from 2-3 October 2018 to review applications to its First Round. Please see link for the statement by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Sam Adu-Kumi and Mr. Reggie Hernaus.

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COP1 and COP2 Bureau met in Geneva on 13 and 14 September 2018

Members of the Bureau discussed preparations for the upcoming second meeting of the Conference of the Parties at face-to-face meeting in Geneva. Report of the meeting will be made available shortly.

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Governments and other relevant stakeholders gathered in Geneva from 19 to 23 November 2018 for COP2

Meeting documents and information on registration, credentials, events and exhibitions are available. Please refer to updated information, including the events timetable.

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SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE BRINGS TO 98 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 30 August 2018, the Government of Sao Tome and Principe deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 98th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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PORTUGAL BRINGS TO 97 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 28 August 2018, the Government of Portugal deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 97th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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CHILE BRINGS TO 96 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 27 August 2018, the Government of Chile deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 96th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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THE MINAMATA CONVENTION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSURY ON 16 AUGUST 2018
On 16 August 2017 the Minamata Convention entered into force, 90 days after the 50-ratification milestone required was reached. Today, the number of Parties to the Convention almost doubled, with 95 countries having committed to its provisions. 

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SURINAME BRINGS TO 95 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 2 August 2018, the Government of Suriname deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 95th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Paraguay BRINGS TO 94 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 26 June 2018, the Government of Paraguay deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 94th Party to the Minamata Convention.


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INDIA BRINGS TO 93 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 18 June 2018, the Government of India deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 93nd Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Specific International Programme – First Round of Applications open until 31 August 2018
Eligible Parties are invited to submit applications between USD 50,000 and USD 250,000 to the Specific International Programme that was established to support capacity building and technical assistance.

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Implementation and Compliance Committee first meeting,29-30 May, Geneva

Amongst others, members of the Committee considered the rules of procedure under which to operate. The meeting was preceded by an information-sharing session featuring experience under implementation and compliance mechanisms of other MEAs.


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Rossana Silva Repetto appointed Minamata Convention Executive Secretary

Ms. Silva Repetto started on 4 April 2018. She brings over 24 years of professional experience with the UN, including her last position as Head of the Legal Unit in the Corporate Services Division of UN Environment Programme.





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Specific International Programme Governing Board meeting,15-16 May, Geneva

The 10 members of the Board oversee the operations of the Programme, including how the approximately USD 800,000 pledged and contributed for use in 2018 from Austria, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will be allocated.

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ICELAND BRINGS TO 92 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 3 May 2018, the Government of Iceland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 92nd Party to the Minamata Convention.



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UNITED KINGDOM BRINGS TO 91 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 23 March 2018, the Government of the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 91th Party to the Minamata Convention.


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Special Programme – Third round of applications open until 21 June 2018

Eligible countries are invited to submit proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BRINGS TO 90 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 20 March 2018, the Government of Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 90th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Effectiveness evaluation experts meet in Ottawa from 5 to 9 March 2018
Experts from each regional group, as well as observers from civil society, intergovernmental organizations, indigenous communities, and industry meet to develop arrangements for comparable monitoring data and develop a framework for effectiveness evaluation. 

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BELGIUM BRINGS TO 89 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 26 February 2018, the Government of Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 89th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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 Global Mercury Waste Assessment now available in 6 UN languages
This assessment, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme, through its International Environmental Technology Centre, launched on 24 September 2017 at COP1, is now available in the 6 UN languages.

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Nigeria brings to 88 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 1 February 2018, the Government of Nigeria deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 88th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Cuba brings to 87 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 30 January 2018, the Government of Cuba deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 87th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Lithuania brings to 86 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 January 2018, the Government of Lithuania deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 86th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Contributions received to the Specific International Programme

The secretariat is pleased to announce that the Minamata Convention Specific International Programme has received support from Austria,Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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Armenia brings to 85 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 13 December 2017, the Government of Armenia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 85th Party to the Minamata Convention.

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A video calling to end Mercury poisoning shown at UNEA3
A video made during COP1 with one of the Minamata disease survivors Shinobu Sakamoto was displayed during UNEA3. In the video which can be seen by clicking on the link below, Ms. Sakamoto is calling to end Mercuy poisoning globally.

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Lebanon brings to 84 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 13 October 2017, the Government of Lebanon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 84th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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High-Level Segment of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention
The High Level segment of the Minamata Conference closed with a summary of key Take-Home messages provided by the President of the Conference. His statement is available here.

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Ratification of the Convention by Argentina and Croatia
On 25 September 2017, the Governments of Argentina and Croatia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 82nd and 83rd Parties to the Convention.

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Ratification of the Convention by Lao, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore
On 21 and 22 September 2017, the Governments of Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 77th to 81st Parties to the Convention.

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Germany brings to 76 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 September 2017, the Government of Germany deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 76th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Namibia brings to 75 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 6 September 2017, the Government of Namibia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 75th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Visit our new website for the first Conference of the Parties!
The new website for the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) is now available. COP-1 will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Beijing: celebration of the entry into force
The Government of the People's Republic of China, becoming the 30th Party to the Minamata Convention, is celebrating the entry into force of the Minamata Convention. As part of the celebrations a workshop focusing on the medical devices sector is also convening in Beijing.

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The Minamata Convention has entered into force!
The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017. The first Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 8 August 2017, the Government of Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 74th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 and 28 July 2017 respectively, the Governments of Syrian Arab Republic and Kiribati deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 July 2017, the Government of Jamaica deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 71st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 29 June 2017, the Government of Rwanda deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 70th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention
Watch the celebrations hosted by the Government of Japan, the Kumamoto Prefecture and the City of Minamata on 1 July, 14:00-16:10 (05:00-07:10 GMT).

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Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam
On 21, 22 and 23 June 2017, the Governments of Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 66th to 69th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia
On 16, 20 and 21 June 2017, the Governments of Islamic Republic of Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, and Estonia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 61st to 65th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 June 2017, the Government of Czeck Republic and the Government of Sri Lanka deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 59th and 60th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 June 2017, the Government of France deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 58th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 June 2017, the Government of Austria deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 9 June 2017, the Government of Niger deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 56th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 June 2017, the Government of Finland deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 31 May 2017, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 54th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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St Kitts and Nevis brings to 53 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 24 May 2017, the Government of St Kitts and Nevis deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 53rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!

The 50-ratification milestone required for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force was reached on 18 May 2017!

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Our website now available in French and Spanish!

The Minamata Convention website is now also available in French and Spanish thanks to the generous support of the French Government and the assistance of UNITAR.

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Norway brings to 44 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 May 2017, the Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 44th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Afghanistan brings to 43 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 2 May 2017, the Government of Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 43rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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New study - Elevated mercury levels in women in Pacific Island Nations

A new study reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their hair. The study suggests a relationship between consumption of predatory fish and higher mercury levels.

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Canada and Burkina Faso become the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 7 and 10 April 2017 respectively, the Governments of Canada and Burkina Faso deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Canada brings to 41 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 7 April 2017, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st future Party to the Convention.

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Honduras and Ghana become the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 22 and 23 March 2017 respectively, the Governments of Honduras and Ghana deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Forms and guidance to implement the Minamata Convention
Forms and guidance documents required for the effective implementation of the Convention and adopted by the intergovernmental negotiating committee on a provisional basis pending formal adoption by the Conference of the Parties are available online.

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Special Programme - 2nd call for proposals now open until 20 June 2017 midnight
Eligible countries are invited to submit projects proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM

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Liechtenstein and Togo bring to 38 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 February 2017, the Government of Liechtenstein deposited its instrument of accession, followed on 3 February 2017 by the Government of Togo, thereby bringing to 38 the total number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Liechtenstein becomes the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 February 2017, the Government of Liechtenstein deposited their instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Costa Rica becomes the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 19 January 2017, the Government of Costa Rica deposited their instrument of accession, and thereby becoming the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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GEF GOLD - Reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining

A new project on reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining was launched on 5 December in Washington DC.

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ENTRY INTO FORCE
The Minamata Convention enters into force on the 16 August 2017. The First Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Benin and Gambia becomes the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 7 November 2016, the Governments of Benin and Gambia deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Sierra Leone becomes 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 November 2016, the Government of Sierra Leone deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Antigua and Barbuda becomes 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

On 23 September 2016, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Swaziland becomes 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

On 21 September 2016, the Government of Swaziland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Acknowledging the support from donors
The interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention of Mercury would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the financial and material support provided by Governments and Regional Economic Integration Organizations.

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China becomes 30th future party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 31 August 2016, the Government of the People's Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 30th future Party to the Convention.

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Call for submissions (deadline extended)

Following the request of INC7, the interim secretariat has announced a call for submission of information related to certain articles of the Minamata Convention, which is required for the preparation of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

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Ecuador becomes 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 29 July 2016, the Government of Ecuador deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury

InforMEA, an Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements facilitated by UNEP, has launched an e-learning course on the Minamata Convention as part of its online Learning Platform. The project is supported by funding from the European Union.

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Switzerland, Mali and Botswana become future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 25 May 2016, the Government of Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification to the Minamata Convention at a ratification ceremony in New York. Shortly thereafter, on 27 May and 3 June respectively, the Government of Mali and the Government of Botswana deposited their instruments of ratification to the Minamata Convention, bringing the number of future Parties to the Convention to 28.

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Set of fact sheets on the Minamata Convention now online
The interim secretariat has published a set of fact sheets providing an overview of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, of its key control measures as well as of the process for becoming a Party. Released in English and French, Spanish version will be made available shortly.

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1st call for proposals now open until 4 July 2016
Eligible countries are invited to submit projects proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

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Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1
Governments reached successful outcomes at the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee held from 10 to 15 March 2016 at the Dead Sea, in Jordan.

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Senegal becomes 25th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 15 March 2016, last day of INC7, Chair Fernando Lugris announces the ratification of the Convention by the Government of Senegal.

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“Pez-Peste”, symbol of the mercury negotiations
The sculpture “Pez-Peste”, specially created and donated by the Argentinean artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, followed the INC throughout the negotiations process as a symbol of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination.

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Zambia ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 11 March 2016, the Government of the Zambia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 24th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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7th advisory group meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
Gathered on 8 March 2016, on the eve of INC7, partners of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership renewed their commitment towards rapid implementation of the Minamata Convention.

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Minamata Convention now live on Twitter!
Follow the official Twitter Feed of the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, get latest updates for #INC7 held at the Dead Sea, Jordan from 10 to 15 March 2016 and the work of the Convention.

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Japan ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 2 February 2016, the Government of Japan deposited its instrument of acceptance, thereby becoming the 23rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Peru ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 21 January 2016, the Government of the Peru deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 21st  future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Bolivia (Plurinational State of) ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 26 January 2016, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 22nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Reaching Out to Stakeholders Ahead of INC7
The Partnership is holding awareness-raising and knowledge sharing events on the margins of the INC7 regional consultations.

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Kuwait ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 3 December 2015, the Government of Kuwait deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 20th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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Regional consultations in preparation for INC7
A series of regional consultations were held in preparation for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7), scheduled to be held in the Dead Sea Area in Jordan, from 10 to 15 March 2016.

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Jordan ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 12 November 2015, the Government of Jordan deposited its instrument of ratification, bringing to 19 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention to date.

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28 September 2015, Geneva - SDGs: Make it happen for chemicals and wastes!

ICCM4 participants were invited to reflect and share their views on how the SDGs can become reality for chemicals and wastes at interactive Panel Discussion scheduled on Monday 28 September.

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24 September 2015 - New York: Chad and Samoa join the Minamata Convention
Chad and Samoa deposited their instruments of ratification at Special High-level Event co-hosted by the Governments of japan, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States of America.

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Mauritania ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 18 August 2015, Mauritania deposited its instrument of ratification, joining Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Monaco, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Uruguay as the first 13 future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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24 September 2015 - New York: Special High-level Event to foster entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention
On 24 September 2015, a Special High-Level event on the Minamata Convention will be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and on the eve of the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Call for comments on draft BAT/BEP guidance

Governments and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the developing draft guidance on BAT/BEP for controlling and where feasible reducing mercury emissions to the atmosphere. Comments are to be submitted no later than 1 August 2015.

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Promoting science – policy collaboration on mercury in Jeju, Korea
Over 800 scientists, engineers, and policy makers from more than 60 countries gather in Jeju, Korea, from 14-19 June 2015 to discuss research on mercury and its impacts on human health and the environment at the 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.

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Madagascar ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 13 May 2015, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification, joining Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Monaco, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Uruguay as the first twelve future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Phasing out mercury-containing thermometers and sphygmomanometers - New step by step WHO guidance
Step by step guidance by WHO on phasing out mercury-containing thermometers and sphygmomanometers in the health care sector.

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The United Arab Emirates ratify the Minamata Convention
On 27 April 2015, the United Arab Emirates deposited their instrument of ratification, joining Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Monaco, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, the United States and Uruguay as the first eleven future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Good progress towards ratification reported at Spring 2015 Minamata workshops
Following a first round of 12 sub-regional workshops between March 2014 and February 2015, the Interim Secretariat organized together with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS), a new round of regional workshops to support ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention, back to back with the regional preparatory meetings to the 2015 BRS COPs.

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Minamata regional workshops back to back with BRS COPs preparatory meetings
Following a first series of 12 sub-regional workshops held between March 2014 and February 2015, the Interim Secretariat is organizing together with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS), a new round of regional workshops to support ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention, back to back with the regional preparatory meetings to the 2015 BRS COPs.

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The Prime Minister of Samoa opens 1st sub-regional Minamata workshop for Pacific Islands
His Excellency Mr. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa opened the 1st sub-regional workshop to support countries from the Pacific in the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention in Apia, Samoa, on 19 January 2015.

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Seychelles ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 13 January 2015, Seychelles deposited its instrument of ratification, joining Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Monaco, Nicaragua, the United States and Uruguay as the first ten future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Watch INC6 Curtain Raiser produced by the GEF Secretariat

Watch Curtain Raiser video prepared by the GEF secretariat for the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury held from 3 to 7 november 2014 in Bangkok.

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Side events at INC6
A number of side events were held to relay timely and relevant information to participants in the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC6) held from 3 to 7 November 2014 in Bangkok.

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Guinea, Lesotho and Nicaragua deposit instrument of ratification and accession
Guinea, Lesotho and Nicaragua joined Djibouti, Gabon, Guyana, Monaco, the United States and Uruguay as the first nine future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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Upcoming Central America sub-regional workshop in Mexico
Countries from Central America will gather in Mexico city from 26 to 28 November July 2014 to participate in the sub-regional workshop in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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Governments reach successful outcome at INC6 in Bangkok

Gathered in Bangkok from 3 to 7 November 2014 for the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury, Governments completed a key milestone towards making the Minamata Convention an effective and fully functioning instrument upon its entry into force

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Upcoming sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury
From 3 to 7 November 2014 will be held in Bangkok the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury

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5 countries ratify and 18 sign the Minamata Convention at 2014 Treaty event
Ministers and senior government officials from around the world renew the international community’s commitment to combat the global threat posed to human health and the environment from mercury pollution worldwide.

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South American sub-regional workshop in Brasilia, 2 to 4 September 2014
South American countries discussed the ratification and rapid implementation of the Minamata Convention during sub-regional workshop in Brasilia

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Special High-level Event for the signature and ratification of the Minamata Convention
On 24 September 2014, from 1.15 pm to 2.30 pm, a Special High-Level event on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held at UN Headquarters in the margin of the 2014 Treaty Event organized by the UN Office of Legal Affairs.

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[Report] Implementation of the Minamata Convention in the Latin America and Caribbean region

This informative document has been prepared by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre-Regional Centre of the Stockholm Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean (BCCC/SCRC), based in Montevideo, Uruguay, within the framework of an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme / Regional Ofce for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC). Versión en español del documento

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[Brochure] Implementention of the Minamata Convention in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

The brochure herein provides basic information on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and its implementation in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Versión en español del documento.

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Francophone Workshops in Africa, Dakar
In accordance with the resolution on arrangements taken by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Kumamoto in October 2013, sub-regional workshops for Francophone Africa in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury ended in Dakar on 16 July.

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Gabon becomes 100th signatory
On 30 June 2014, Ms. Odette Marianne Bibalou, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Gabon to the United Nations in new York, signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury in New York, making the country the 100th signatory of the Convention.

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Matthew Selwyn Gubb

The interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention is saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr Matthew Gubb on 4 May 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer.


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Publication of WHO commissioned study on health impacts of mercury in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining
The WHO-commissioned study "Mercury Exposure and Health Impacts among Individuals in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Community: A Comprehensive Review" has been published in Environmental Health Perspectives (early on-line version).

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First workshop in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention

The first workshop in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held from 19 to 21 March 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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Minamata Convention Interim Secretariat participates in joint GEF retreat

On Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January 2014, the Minamata Convention Interim Secretariat participated in a retreat with the GEF and GEF STAP (Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel) Secretariats in Glion, Switzerland.

 

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WHO Executive Board adopts resolution on mercury

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization adopted on Thursday, 23 January 2014 a resolution pertaining to "Public health impacts of exposure to mercury and mercury compounds: the role of WHO and ministries of public health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention".

 

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Minamata Convention on Mercury - Text and Annexes

The text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted and opened for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries held on 10 and 11 October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan.

 

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Global Treaty on Mercury Pollution Gets Boost from United States

UNEP's Achim Steiner Welcomes First Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

 

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New global treaty cuts mercury emissions and releases, sets up controls on products, mines and industrial plants

Japan among the first to sign Minamata Convention on Mercury.

 

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Mercury Acting Now!

The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is acting now on the substantive areas of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This brochure illustrates key issues and how they are being addressed by partners of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.

 

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Welcome to the Minamata Convention Website

The Minamata Convention for Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The major highlights of the Minamata Convention on Mercury include a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones, control measures on air emissions, and the international regulation of the informal sector for artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

 

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Mercury

Mercury is a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.

 

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Diplomatic Conference

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held in Kumamoto, Japan from 9 to 11 October, 2013. The Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries was adopted by Conference. The Final Act addresses, inter alia, how to promote and prepare for the early implementation of the Convention, arrangements for the interim period between the signing of the instrument and its entry into force - including arrangements for financial and technical assistance during that period – and secretariat arrangements.

 

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United Nations Convention Tackling Hazardous Mercury To Open for Signature

Long-awaited United Nations Treaty will curb use and emissions, reduce human health impacts

 

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Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013

This is a joint UNEP and AMAP* report that presents the latest and comprehensive information of global mercury emissions and releases to the environment, information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry and fate and transport of mercury. The report is a fully referenced scientific background report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013; Sources, Emissions, Releases, and Environmental Transport.

 

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Global Mercury Assessment 2013

This report presents sources of mercury emissions to air and water. It presents estimates of anthropogenic emissions to air from various sources based on data from 2010 and estimates for releases to aquatic environment. The report also presents the latest information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry , fate and transport. It is an overall summary report for the policy makers based on a technical background report.

 

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Minamata Convention Agreed by Nations

Global Mercury Agreement to Lift Health Threats from Lives of Millions World-Wide

 

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Mercury: Time to act
This report speaks directly to governments involved in development of the global treaty on mercury. It presents updates from the UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 in short and punchy facts and figures backed by compelling graphics that provide governments and civil society with the rationale and the imperative to act on this notorious pollutant.

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