Further to the entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 16 August 2017, negotiators gathered in Geneva from 24 to 29 September 2017 at the Convention's first meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Initiated in 2009, the development of a global legally binding instrument on mercury was carried out over five sessions of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) held between June 2010 and January 2013 in Stockholm, Chiba, Nairobi, Punta del Este and Geneva, preceded by two Open Ended Working Group meetings.

As a result, the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which was agreed upon at the fifth session of the INC in January 2013, was adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Kumamoto, Japan on 10 October 2013 and opened for signature for one year.

Two sessions of the INC have been held since the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in 2013, INC6 from 3 to 7 November 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand and INC7, from 10 to 15 March 2016 at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The complete history of the negotiations can be explored here:

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