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Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” was held in Minamata and Kumamoto, Japan, from 9 to 11 October 2013 and was preceded by an open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting from 7 to 8 October 2013.


Photo: Kumamoto Castle


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At the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury, held in Geneva from 13 to 18 January 2013, Governments successfully completed their negotiations. They agreed to the text of the “Minamata Convention on Mercury”, which was presented for adoption and opened for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries - Diplomatic Conference -, held at Hotel Nikko in Kumamoto and in Minamata, Japan, from 9 to 11 October 2013. 

The Diplomatic Conference was preceded by an open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting held on 7 and 8 October 2013 in Kumamoto. A series of side events were held from 7 to 11 October 2013 in Kumamoto.

The Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries and the report of the preparatory meeting for the Conference are available here.


Depositary Notification

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary for the Minamata Convention, had communicated information regarding its opening for signature in the below Note Verbales.