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.