National Reporting pursuant to Article 21

First full national reports of the Minamata Convention on Mercury due by 31 December 2021

Pursuant to article 21 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, each party to the Convention shall report to the Conference of the Parties, through the Secretariat, on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions of the Convention, on the effectiveness of such measures and on possible challenges in meeting the objective of the Convention.

At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties in its Decision MC-1/8 on Timing and format of reporting by Parties adopted a format for reporting as set out in the annex of that decision. The Conference of the Parties also agreed that decided that each party shall report every four years using the full format (full reports) and report every two years on four questions marked by an asterisk in the full format (short reports).

The Conference of the Parties further decided that the first full reports are due for submission by 31 December 2021.

In decision, MC-3/13, on guidance for completing the national reporting format, the Conference of the Parties, recognized the need for complete and consistent national reporting to provide information for the effectiveness evaluation and for supporting compliance, and requested the Secretariat to prepare draft guidance for the full national reporting format to clarify the information being sought. The Conference of the Parties further encouraged parties to use the draft guidance on a provisional basis to assist with preparing the full national reports due by 31 December 2021.

As indicated in the draft reporting guidance, for the first full reports the reporting period covers 16 August 2017 (the date of entry into force of the Convention) until 31 December 2020.

Online Reporting tool

Parties are invited to report through the new online reporting tool. The tool follows the reporting format agreed by the Conference of Parties and is available in the six official languages of the UN.

The National Focal Point of each Party has received the login credentials to submit the report. If your National Focal Point has not received the credentials, or if your Government is unaware whom the credentials have been sent to, please immediately alert MEA-MinamataSecretariat [at]

The Secretariat has prepared an Offline Paper Version to help parties prepare their national reports. It is not intended to replace or be a substitute of the Online Reporting Tool. As per paragraph 7 of Decision MC-1/8, parties are encouraged to use the electronic version of the report when submitting the report to the Secretariat.

Four dedicated sessions to support National Focal Points on national reporting due to 31 December 2021

The Secretariat has prepared four dedicated sessions of the Minamata Online Season 2 focused on supporting National Focal Points on national reporting. Please join the sessions, or check the recordings and presentations on the Convention website. The four sessions are designed to build on each other:

First short national reports of the Minamata Convention on Mercury due by 31 December on 2019

The first short reports were due by 31 December 2019.

National reports submitted by the Parties to the Minamata Convention for the first reporting cycle:
Read the submitted reports here


Relevant forms and guidance documents for completing the reports