News from the Convention

ICELAND BRINGS TO 92 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 3 May 2018, the Government of Iceland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 92nd Party to the Minamata Convention.

ICELAND BRINGS TO 92 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

ICELAND BRINGS TO 92 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 3 May 2018, the Government of Iceland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 92nd Party to the Minamata Convention.





UNITED KINGDOM BRINGS TO 91 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 23 March 2018, the Government of the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 91th Party to the Minamata Convention.

UNITED KINGDOM BRINGS TO 91 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

UNITED KINGDOM BRINGS TO 91 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 23 March 2018, the Government of the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 91th Party to the Minamata Convention.


Special Programme – Third round of applications open until 21 June 2018
Eligible countries are invited to submit proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

Special Programme – Third round of applications open until 21 June 2018

Special Programme – Third round of applications open until 21 June 2018

Eligible countries are invited to submit proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BRINGS TO 90 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 20 March 2018, the Government of Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 90th Party to the Minamata Convention.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BRINGS TO 90 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BRINGS TO 90 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 20 March 2018, the Government of Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 90th Party to the Minamata Convention.
Effectiveness evaluation experts meet in Ottawa from 5 to 9 March 2018
Experts from each regional group, as well as observers from civil society, intergovernmental organizations, indigenous communities, and industry meet to develop arrangements for comparable monitoring data and develop a framework for effectiveness evaluation. 

Effectiveness evaluation experts meet in Ottawa from 5 to 9 March 2018

Effectiveness evaluation experts meet in Ottawa from 5 to 9 March 2018

Experts from each regional group, as well as observers from civil society, intergovernmental organizations, indigenous communities, and industry meet to develop arrangements for comparable monitoring data and develop a framework for effectiveness evaluation. 

BELGIUM BRINGS TO 89 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 26 February 2018, the Government of Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 89th Party to the Minamata Convention.

BELGIUM BRINGS TO 89 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

BELGIUM BRINGS TO 89 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 26 February 2018, the Government of Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 89th Party to the Minamata Convention.
 Global Mercury Waste Assessment now available in 6 UN languages
This assessment, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme, through its International Environmental Technology Centre, launched on 24 September 2017 at COP1, is now available in the 6 UN languages.

Global Mercury Waste Assessment now available in 6 UN languages

 Global Mercury Waste Assessment now available in 6 UN languages

This assessment, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme through its International Environmental Technology Centre, launched on 24 September 2017 at COP1, is now available in the 6 UN languages.

Cuba brings to 87 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 30 January 2018, the Government of Cuba deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 87th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Cuba brings to 87 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

Cuba brings to 87 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 30 January 2018, the Government of Cuba deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 87th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Lithuania brings to 86 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 January 2018, the Government of Lithuania deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 86th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Lithuania brings to 86 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

Lithuania brings to 86 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 15 January 2018, the Government of Lithuania deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 86th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Contributions received to the Specific International Programme
The secretariat is pleased to announce that the Minamata Convention Specific International Programme has received support from Austria,Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Contributions received to the Specific International Programme

Contributions received to the Specific International Programme

The secretariat is pleased to announce that the Minamata Convention Specific International Programme has received support from Austria,Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Armenia brings to 85 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 13 December 2017, the Government of Armenia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 85th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Armenia brings to 85 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

Armenia brings to 85 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 13 December 2017, the Government of Armenia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 85th Party to the Minamata Convention.

A video calling to end Mercury poisoning shown at UNEA3
A video made during COP1 with one of the Minamata disease survivors Shinobu Sakamoto was displayed during UNEA3. In the video which can be seen by clicking on the link below, Ms. Sakamoto is calling to end Mercuy poisoning globally.

A video calling to end Mercury poisoning shown at UNEA3

A video calling to end Mercury poisoning shown at UNEA3
A video made during COP1 with one of the Minamata disease survivors Shinobu Sakamoto was displayed during UNEA3. In the video which can be seen by clicking on the link below, Ms. Sakamoto is calling to end Mercuy poisoning globally.
Lebanon brings to 84 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 13 October 2017, the Government of Lebanon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 84th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Lebanon brings to 84 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Lebanon brings to 84 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 13 October 2017, the Government of Lebanon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 84th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
High-Level Segment of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention
The High Level segment of the Minamata Conference closed with a summary of key Take-Home messages provided by the President of the Conference. His statement is available here.

High-Level Segment of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention

High-Level Segment of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention
The High Level segment of the Minamata Conference closed with a summary of key Take-Home messages provided by the President of the Conference. His statement is available here.
Ratification of the Convention by Argentina and Croatia
On 25 September 2017, the Governments of Argentina and Croatia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 82nd and 83rd Parties to the Convention.

Ratification of the Convention by Argentina and Croatia

Ratification of the Convention by Argentina and Croatia
On 25 September 2017, the Governments of Argentina and Croatia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 82nd and 83rd Parties to the Convention.
Ratification of the Convention by Lao, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore
On 21 and 22 September 2017, the Governments of Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 77th to 81st Parties to the Convention.

Ratification of the Convention by Lao, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore

Ratification of the Convention by Lao, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore
On 21 and 22 September 2017, the Governments of Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Indonesia and Singapore deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 77th to 81st Parties to the Convention.
Germany brings to 76 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 September 2017, the Government of Germany deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 76th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Germany brings to 76 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Germany brings to 76 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 September 2017, the Government of Germany deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 76th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Namibia brings to 75 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 6 September 2017, the Government of Namibia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 75th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Namibia brings to 75 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Namibia brings to 75 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 6 September 2017, the Government of Namibia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 75th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Visit our new website for the first Conference of the Parties!
The new website for the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) is now available. COP-1 will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Visit our new website for the first Conference of the Parties!

Visit our new website for the first Conference of the Parties!
The new website for the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) is now available. COP-1 will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Beijing: celebration of the entry into force
The Government of the People's Republic of China, becoming the 30th Party to the Minamata Convention, is celebrating the entry into force of the Minamata Convention. As part of the celebrations a workshop focusing on the medical devices sector is also convening in Beijing.

Beijing: celebration of the entry into force

Beijing: celebration of the entry into force
The Government of the People's Republic of China, becoming the 30th Party to the Minamata Convention, is celebrating the entry into force of the Minamata Convention. As part of the celebrations a workshop focusing on the medical devices sector is also convening in Beijing.
The Minamata Convention has entered into force!
The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017. The first Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Minamata Convention has entered into force!

The Minamata Convention has entered into force!
The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017. The first Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 8 August 2017, the Government of Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 74th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 8 August 2017, the Government of Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 74th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 and 28 July 2017 respectively, the Governments of Syrian Arab Republic and Kiribati deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 and 28 July 2017 respectively, the Governments of Syrian Arab Republic and Kiribati deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 July 2017, the Government of Jamaica deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 71st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 19 July 2017, the Government of Jamaica deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 71st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 29 June 2017, the Government of Rwanda deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 70th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 29 June 2017, the Government of Rwanda deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 70th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention
Watch the celebrations hosted by the Government of Japan, the Kumamoto Prefecture and the City of Minamata on 1 July, 14:00-16:10 (05:00-07:10 GMT).

The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention

The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention
Watch the celebrations hosted by the Government of Japan, the Kumamoto Prefecture and the City of Minamata on 1 July, 14:00-16:10 (05:00-07:10 GMT).
Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam
On 21, 22 and 23 June 2017, the Governments of Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 66th to 69th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam

Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam
On 21, 22 and 23 June 2017, the Governments of Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 66th to 69th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia
On 16, 20 and 21 June 2017, the Governments of Islamic Republic of Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, and Estonia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 61st to 65th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia

Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia
On 16, 20 and 21 June 2017, the Governments of Islamic Republic of Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, and Estonia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 61st to 65th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 June 2017, the Government of Czeck Republic and the Government of Sri Lanka deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 59th and 60th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 June 2017, the Government of Czeck Republic and the Government of Sri Lanka deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 59th and 60th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 June 2017, the Government of France deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 58th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 June 2017, the Government of France deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 58th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 June 2017, the Government of Austria deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 June 2017, the Government of Austria deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 9 June 2017, the Government of Niger deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 56th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 9 June 2017, the Government of Niger deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 56th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 June 2017, the Government of Finland deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 June 2017, the Government of Finland deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 31 May 2017, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 54th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 31 May 2017, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 54th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
St Kitts and Nevis brings to 53 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 24 May 2017, the Government of St Kitts and Nevis deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 53rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

St Kitts and Nevis brings to 53 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

St Kitts and Nevis brings to 53 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 24 May 2017, the Government of St Kitts and Nevis deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 53rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.
50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!
The 50-ratification milestone required for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force was reached on 18 May 2017!

50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!

50-ratification milestone reached on 18 May 2017!

The EU and seven of its member States - Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden - deposited their instruments of ratification at the UN Headquarters in New York, bringing to 52 the current number of future Parties. As a result on 16 August 2017, the Convention, which aims at protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds, will become legally binding for all its Parties. The updated list of Parties may be found here.

The Minamata Convention is the first new global Convention on environment and health adopted for close to a decade. It addresses the entire life cycle of mercury, considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals of major health concern, which threatens the environment and health of millions. Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment reminds us that there are alternatives to almost all of mercury’s current applications, such as newer, safer industrial processes and that all countries - big and small - can play a role – as well as all of us, just by changing what we buy and use.

The first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will gather governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world in Geneva from 24 to 29 September 2017. This Conference will play a key role in the future of the Convention as it will consider and adopt decisions covering technical, administrative as well as operational and financial matters. The President of Switzerland will host a high-level segment “Making Mercury History” on 28 and 29 September. More information about the first Conference of the Parties may be found here.

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Our website now available in French and Spanish!
The Minamata Convention website is now also available in French and Spanish thanks to the generous support of the French Government and the assistance of UNITAR.

Our website now available in French and Spanish!

Our website now available in French and Spanish!

The Minamata Convention website is now also available in French and Spanish thanks to the generous support of the French Government and the assistance of UNITAR.

Norway brings to 44 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 May 2017, the Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 44th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Norway brings to 44 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Norway brings to 44 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 May 2017, the Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 44th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Afghanistan brings to 43 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 2 May 2017, the Government of Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 43rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Afghanistan brings to 43 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Afghanistan brings to 43 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 2 May 2017, the Government of Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 43rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

New study - Elevated mercury levels in women in Pacific Island Nations
A new study reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their hair. The study suggests a relationship between consumption of predatory fish and higher mercury levels.

New study - Elevated mercury levels in women in Pacific Island Nations

New study - Elevated mercury levels in women in Pacific Island Nations

A new study reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their hair. The study suggests a relationship between consumption of predatory fish and higher mercury levels.

Canada and Burkina Faso become the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 7 and 10 April 2017 respectively, the Governments of Canada and Burkina Faso deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Canada and Burkina Faso become the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Canada and Burkina Faso become the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention

On 7 and 10 April 2017 respectively, the Governments of Canada and Burkina Faso deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st and 42nd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Canada brings to 41 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 7 April 2017, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st future Party to the Convention.

Canada brings to 41 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Canada brings to 41 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 7 April 2017, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 41st future Party to the Convention.
Honduras and Ghana become the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 22 and 23 March 2017 respectively, the Governments of Honduras and Ghana deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Honduras and Ghana become the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Honduras and Ghana become the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 22 and 23 March 2017 respectively, the Governments of Honduras and Ghana deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
Forms and guidance to implement the Minamata Convention
Forms and guidance documents required for the effective implementation of the Convention and adopted by the intergovernmental negotiating committee on a provisional basis pending formal adoption by the Conference of the Parties are available online.

Forms and guidance to implement the Minamata Convention

Forms and guidance to implement the Minamata Convention

Forms and guidance documents required for the effective implementation of the Convention and adopted by the intergovernmental negotiating committee on a provisional basis pending formal adoption by the Conference of the Parties are available online.


Special Programme - 2nd call for proposals now open until 20 June 2017 midnight
Eligible countries are invited to submit projects proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM

Special Programme - 2nd call for proposals now open until 20 June 2017 midnight

Special Programme - 2nd call for proposals now open until 20 June 2017 midnight

Eligible countries are invited to submit projects proposals between USD $50,000 - $250,000 under the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

Liechtenstein becomes the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 February 2017, the Government of Liechtenstein deposited their instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Liechtenstein becomes the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Liechtenstein becomes the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 February 2017, the Government of Liechtenstein deposited their instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Costa Rica becomes the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 19 January 2017, the Government of Costa Rica deposited their instrument of accession, and thereby becoming the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Costa Rica becomes the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Costa Rica becomes the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 19 January 2017, the Government of Costa Rica deposited their instrument of accession, and thereby becoming the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
GEF GOLD - Reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining
A new project on reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining was launched on 5 December in Washington DC.

GEF GOLD - Reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining

GEF GOLD - Reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining

A new project on reducing health hazards of artisanal and small-scale gold mining was launched on 5 December in Washington DC. The project will work towards the objectives of the Minamata Convention and will strive to formalize artisanal and small-scale gold and reduce the use of mercury in the sector to protect the health of up to 15 million miners worldwide - See more at: UN Environment News centre and The GEF News centre

To help artisanal gold miners eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining, and reduce harmful risks to their health and the environment the GEF has recently approved the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) in the Artisanal Small Gold Mining Sector program.

Through the GOLD program, the GEF will provide funds to support artisanal and small-scale enterprises through the creation of policies and market incentives, as well as connecting them to supply chains and markets which use less or no mercury in the extraction of gold.  The program will build partnerships with the private sector.

Four implementing agencies will manage the program, including UN Environment (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Conservation International to implement projects in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Mongolia and the Philippines. The ultimate aim is to ensure the wellbeing of workers and their families whilst improving their livelihoods.

ENTRY INTO FORCE
The Minamata Convention enters into force on the 16 August 2017. The First Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

ENTRY INTO FORCE

ENTRY INTO FORCE

The Minamata Convention enters into force on the 16 August 2017. The First Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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