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.
The Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held on 10 and 11 October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan, with a ceremonial opening held in Minamata on 9 October 2013. At the ceremonial opening, the Government of Japan welcomed delegates to Minamata and recalled the events which led to the recognition of the dangers of mercury poisoning. A storyteller, whose life had been affected by the Minamata Disease, presented the lifelong effects for many of the people of Minamata Bay.
For the occasion, the hosts had thought of a special gift for all delegates. To reduce the consumption of PET bottles and paper cups, they prepared 1000 tumblers that can be used for hot and cold drinks for the DipCon delegates. Children in Kumamoto City (2 primary schools and a high school) and Minamata City (7 primary schools) drew pictures which were inserted in the tumblers. The children were asked to draw pictures on attractive scenes around Minamata (e.g. sceneries, wildlife
On 1st July 2017, Minamata City commemorated the entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury with an event co-
To commemorate the fifth anniversary, we would like to call on all DipCon participants to take part in a Tumbler Search to match the artist and the owner of the tumbler.
To take part in the tumbler search, DipCon participants are invited to follow the following instructions to possibly know more about the artist.
Please take out the drawing from your tumbler and make a photocopy of it or take a close-up photo. This will allow us to identify the
artist,since the drawing contains key information (name, age andschool) about the artist.
We invite you to write a short message for the artist. Your message could include “your name, your country, whether you are using the tumbler, and your impression about the drawing”.
Please send your message and the photo/photocopy to the following email address: suigin [at] env.go.jp