The Minamata Secretariat is pleased to announce a new weekly series of digital engagement on the Convention's provisions, as well as policy and scientific aspects starting in September 2020.
To continue to serve the Minamata Parties at a time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Minamata Secretariat has focused on strengthening networks and support its Parties and key constituencies through digital means.
Minamata Online is a new series of digital engagement to provide an opportunity for government officials, scientists, NGOs, and other stakeholders to better understand the Minamata Convention's provisions, as well as policy and scientific aspects. The sessions are arranged according to three streams: implementation support and review, mercury science, and COP-4 preparations.
Starting on Thursday, 17 September, each digital session will delve into a particular topic on a weekly basis until December. The thirteen sessions will cover topics ranging from national reporting, to mercury trade, to mercury emissions, to waste and contaminated sites, as well as the mercury material flows, multimedia modeling of global mercury movement and the socio-economic impacts of mercury pollution. One session will also mark the 365-day countdown to COP4.
The sessions are 1-1.5 hours long, and some will be held twice on the same day to accommodate different time zones. Each session will be announced individually, and registration will be available on the Minamata Convention website /
Save the date now, checking the Minamata Online calendar!
Our collaboration partners for Minamata Online are the Global Mercury Partnership (GMP), the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), and the Geneva Environment Network (GEN).
This programme is built on the pilot sessions on mercury-added products held in July 2020. Please see for more information: Intersessional work on products and processes and The 2020 deadline for phasing out mercury-added products