The development of Minamata Convention Initial Assessments (MIA) is one of the enabling activities supported by the GEF for developing countries and countries with economies in transition. UNDP has developed a guidance document on the development of MIA reports, in cooperation with the intergovernmental organizations participating in the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) and the Minamata Convention Secretariat. Final projects reports are made available below as submitted to the Secretariat.
The Minamata Convention Secretariat presented an analysis of the national priorities from the Minamata Initial Assessments at the 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019) held in Krakow, Poland, in September 2019. The main national priorities described in the 39 MIA reports analyzed at that time were phasing-out mercury-added products (Article 4) and waste management (Article 11). Other major priority areas included artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM, Article 7), emissions (Article 8), releases (Article 9) and monitoring (Article 19). Further analysis will be done as more initial assessments become available. The results of the MIA analysis will be utilized to prepare the development of the Secretariat’s capacity-building and technical assistance programme. They will also form the basis of the Specific International Programme and other related activities.