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Minamata Convention on Mercury

Minamata ConventionThe Minamata Convention regulates the use of mercury through controlling anthropogenic emissions, by ratifying the Convention, governments can protect citizens’ health and the environment.

 

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 Global Mercury Partnership is a multi-stakeholder group of dedicated governments, industry, NGOs, and academia, that work together to take immediate action on mercury.

 

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.