On 5 January, the Government of Italy deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 127th Party to the Minamata Convention and the first country to join in the new year 2021.
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.
On 16 December 2020, the Government of Pakistan deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 126th Party to the Minamata Convention.
On 15 December, the Minamata Convention Secretariat took part in the eleventh meeting of the Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group.
On 16 December, the Minamata Convention Secretariat participated in a Chemicals and Waste briefing organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network (GEN).
The Third Round of applications to the Specific International Programme opened on 15 December 2020. Eligible Parties are invited to apply for projects that can range in size from USD50,000 to USD250,000. Applications are due by Thursday, 18 March 2021.
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention attended the 59th Council Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which due to COVID-19 restrictions was held online from December 7 to December 11, 2020.
Under the programme funded by the European Union to help on mercury-added products and effectiveness evaluation, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention invites project proposals on "Market survey and capacity building in Asia and the Pacific".
On 1 December, Minamata Online held the last event of the season, its information session on “Socioeconomic impact of mercury pollution”.