UNEP supports Asian countries to protect environment and the people from mercury

30 Dec 2020

As part of the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to countries to ratify and implement the Minamata Convention, the government of Myanmar has presented the translation of the Convention text in its official language.

As part of the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to countries to ratify and implement the Minamata Convention, the government of Myanmar has presented the translation of the Convention text in its official language. 

With an initial print run of a thousand copies to be distributed throughout the country in January 2021, this translated booklet will be used as reference document in all official processes concerning the Convention implementation in Myanmar.

UNEP also supported Cambodia, Pakistan and the Philippines to draft their Minamata Initial Assessments that include mercury inventories, analysis of existing legal and institutional arrangements to control the life cycle of mercury, and identification of capacity-building needs.

UNEP is also working, through planetGOLD projects, toward eliminating mercury in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) sector in Asian countries such as The Philippines, Indonesia and Mongolia.

Building on this work, the Philippines, on 8 July 2020, and Pakistan, on 16 December 2020, ratified the Convention, bringing to 126 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention committed to combating the harmful effects of mercury.