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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.

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