News from the Convention

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.

Ratification of the Convention by Argentina and Croatia

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.
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.

Ratification of the Convention by Lao, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore

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.
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.

Germany brings to 76 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Namibia brings to 75 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Visit our new website for the first Conference of the Parties!

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.
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.

Beijing: celebration of the entry into force

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.
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.

The Minamata Convention has entered into force!

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.
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.

Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.

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.

Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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).

The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention

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).
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.

Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam

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.
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.

Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia

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.
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.

Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

St Kitts and Nevis brings to 53 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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!

50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!

50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!

The EU and seven of its member States - Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden - deposited their instruments of ratification at the UN Headquarters in New York, bringing to 52 the current number of future Parties. As a result on 16 August 2017, the Convention, which aims at protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds, will become legally binding for all its Parties. The updated list of Parties may be found here.

The Minamata Convention is the first new global Convention on environment and health adopted for close to a decade. It addresses the entire life cycle of mercury, considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals of major health concern, which threatens the environment and health of millions. Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment reminds us that there are alternatives to almost all of mercury’s current applications, such as newer, safer industrial processes and that all countries - big and small - can play a role – as well as all of us, just by changing what we buy and use.

The first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will gather governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world in Geneva from 24 to 29 September 2017. This Conference will play a key role in the future of the Convention as it will consider and adopt decisions covering technical, administrative as well as operational and financial matters. The President of Switzerland will host a high-level segment “Making Mercury History” on 28 and 29 September. More information about the first Conference of the Parties may be found here.

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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.

Our website now available in French and Spanish!

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.

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.

Norway brings to 44 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Afghanistan brings to 43 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Canada and Burkina Faso become the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.

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.

Canada brings to 41 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Honduras and Ghana become the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

Forms and guidance to implement the Minamata Convention

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.


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

Special Programme - 2nd call for proposals now open until 20 June 2017 midnight

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.

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.

Liechtenstein becomes the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

Costa Rica becomes the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

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

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. The project will work towards the objectives of the Minamata Convention and will strive to formalize artisanal and small-scale gold and reduce the use of mercury in the sector to protect the health of up to 15 million miners worldwide - See more at: UN Environment News centre and The GEF News centre

To help artisanal gold miners eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining, and reduce harmful risks to their health and the environment the GEF has recently approved the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) in the Artisanal Small Gold Mining Sector program.

Through the GOLD program, the GEF will provide funds to support artisanal and small-scale enterprises through the creation of policies and market incentives, as well as connecting them to supply chains and markets which use less or no mercury in the extraction of gold.  The program will build partnerships with the private sector.

Four implementing agencies will manage the program, including UN Environment (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Conservation International to implement projects in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Mongolia and the Philippines. The ultimate aim is to ensure the wellbeing of workers and their families whilst improving their livelihoods.

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.

ENTRY INTO FORCE

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.

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.

Benin and Gambia becomes the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

Sierra Leone becomes 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Acknowledging the support from donors

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 towards the development of a global legally binding instrument on mercury.
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.

China becomes 30th future party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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.
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.

Call for submissions (deadline extended)

Call for submissions (deadline extended)

The seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC7) requested the interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention to seek information from Governments and others in relation to certain articles of the Convention. This information is required towards the preparations for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention. In relation to this request, the interim secretariat has made two calls for information.

The first call for information relates to Article 7 (Artisanal and small-scale gold mining), Article 10 (Environmentally sound interim storage of mercury, other than waste mercury), Article 11 (Mercury wastes), Article 12 (Contaminated sites), and Article 22 (Effectiveness evaluation). The information requested is summarized in this attachment. The deadline for the submission of this information has now been extended to Sunday, 30 October 2016.

The second call for information relates to the calculation or estimation of mercury emissions and releases from the open burning of waste, including quantities of waste generated annually, the proportion of waste subjected to open burning and the average mercury content of waste. In relation to this request, a fact sheet outlining the current state of the knowledge on this issue was sent out. The deadline for the submission of this information is Friday, 9 December 2016.

Any information should be submitted to:

The Principal Coordinator

Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Chemicals and Waste Branch

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

United Nations Environment Programme

11 - 13 chemin des Anémones

CH - 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Fax: (41 22) 797 3460

E-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org

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.

Ecuador becomes 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury

E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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 initial section of the course provides the participants with a solid understanding of the environmental challenges posed by global mercury pollution and highlights the urgency of effective global action on mercury. The course then focuses on the operational articles of the Minamata Convention that address this problem, with an emphasis on key articles that address the economic activities resulting in significant mercury emissions and releases, as well as the implementation of those 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/.

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.

Switzerland, Mali and Botswana become future Parties to the Minamata Convention

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.
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.

Set of fact sheets on the Minamata Convention now online

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.
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.

1st call for proposals now open until 4 July 2016

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.
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.

Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1

Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1

Over 450 participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations took part in the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7) which concluded its work on 15 March 2016 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in Jordan after six days of meeting. INC7 was preceded by regional consultations on 9 March 2016.

Successful outcomes have been achieved at this important session to prepare for the entry into force of the Convention, with agreement reached on a number of significant issues which will be considered for adoption by the Conference of Parties at its first meeting. In particular, guidance materials have been adopted on a provisional basis on a number of technical issues, such as on best available techniques and best environmental practices for emissions of mercury, on the identification of stocks and sources of mercury supply as well as on completing the forms required under Article 3. Agreement was also reached on the use of guidance on the development of national action plans on artisanal and small-scale gold mining by countries in developing their national action plans. Good progress was generally made on all areas including the financial mechanism of the Convention as well as administrative matters.

 

Documents prepared for INC7 can be accessed on the INC7 webpage, where the session’s report and final list of participants will also be posted as soon as finalized. The daily coverage and summary report by Earth Negotiations Bulletin are available on the IISD webpage at: www.iisd.ca/mercury/inc7/

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.

Senegal becomes 25th future Party to the Minamata Convention

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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