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Minamata Convention on Mercury

Minamata ConventionOn January 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, was agreed thanks to the preparatory work undertaken by an intergovernmental negotiating committee supported by Chemicals Branch as secretariat. The mandate was to complete the negotiations before the twenty-seventh regular session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum. The mandate has been met.

Time to Act - Get Involved

In October 2013, the Convention was adopted by governments and opened for signature. The more governments who sign and the faster the process goes, the sooner the Convention will enter into force.

The lives of millions of people, from small-scale and artisanal gold miners and their families to pregnant mothers and their babies in the North and the South, stand to benefit from the Minamata Convention of Mercury. The Convention’s name comes from the Japanese town where mercury releases from a factory contaminated fish leading to the poisoning of the local population. It is in the interests of all the people of the world who treasure healthy lives for citizens everywhere to support their governments in this process.

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Global Mercury Partnership

Global Mercury PartnershipThe overall goal of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is to protect human health and the global environment from the release of mercury and its compounds by minimizing and, where feasible, ultimately eliminating global, anthropogenic mercury releases to air, water and land.


Negotiations Archives

Negotiations ArchivesThe negotiations process that ended with the Minamata Convention on Mercury signed and adopted has been undertaken by an intergovernmental negotiating committee supported by the Chemicals Branch of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics as secretariat and started in January 2009.