Mercury is a chemical element that is harmful to human health and the environment.
Many 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:
- Minamata Convention on mercury
- Global Mercury Partnership
- Global Mercury Assessment
- The planetGOLD Programme
- Mercury inventory toolkit
- Global mercury monitoring
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.