UNITAR and UN Environment
As part of the ongoing efforts for building national capacity of countries, UN Environment and UNITAR have decided to collaborate on developing an online training platform: MercuryLearn. The main component is the UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The platform is an innovative idea which provides interactive modules assisting users in learning to develop mercury inventories. The training platform can be accessed at http://mercurylearn.unitar.org/, with information available currently in English and Spanish. UNTIAR also provides links to information available from other sources on mercury, including guidance on legal assessments. These activities are funded by the European Commission and the Government of Switzerland-
InforMEA, a project established by the MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has launched a new online course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury entitled Introductory Course to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The course provides the participants with a solid understanding of the environmental challenges posed by global mercury pollution, highlights the urgency of effective global action on mercury and then provides information on the operational articles of the Minamata Convention, with an emphasis on key articles. The final section of the course focuses on the articles related to the institutional arrangements and the overall implementation of the Minamata Convention.
At the end of the course, the participants test their knowledge of global mercury pollution and of the provisions of the Minamata Convention in order to obtain a course certificate. The course, supported by funding from the European Union, is available for free on the InforMEA e-learning platform. It is currently available in English with further language versions being developed.
The IKM initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. The initiative currently includes 43 international and regional legally binding instruments from 18 Secretariats hosted by three UN organizations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Initiative invites and welcomes the participation of observers involved with MEA data and information, such as the Environmental Management Group (EMG), the European Environment Agency (EEA),The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), IUCN, the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
To learn more, please visit http://e-learning.informea.org/.