Mercury is a chemical element that is harmful to human health and the environment.

 

Mfacsh_2019Many types of human activities have the potential to create mercury pollution. UN Environment is working with governments and other stakeholders to reduce mercury pollution and its negative impacts. UN Environment’s key activities on mercury are detailed on this page.

The Chemicals and Health Branch supports a range of activities on mercury, including:

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 25 to 29 November 2019.

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Why mercury still poses important threats to human health

In July, a 47-year-old woman showed up at the emergency department of her local hospital in Sacramento, California. Her speech was slurred, she couldn’t walk, and she was unable to feel her hands or face. The…

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UN Environment is working with governments and other stakeholders to reduce mercury pollution and its negative impacts. Learn more.

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