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Ratification of the Convention by Guinea-Bissau and Tonga
On 22 October 2018, the Governments of Guinea-Bissau and Tonga deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 100th and 101st Parties to the Convention.

Ratification of the Convention by Guinea-Bissau and Tonga

Ratification of the Convention by Guinea-Bissau and Tonga

On 22 October 2018, the Governments of Guinea-Bissau and Tonga deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 100th and 101st Parties to the Convention.

VANUATU BRINGS TO 99 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 16 October 2018, the Government of Vanuatu deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 99th Party to the Minamata Convention.

VANUATU BRINGS TO 99 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

VANUATU BRINGS TO 99 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 16 October 2018, the Government of Vanuatu deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 99th Party to the Minamata Convention.

On the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention: Find the artist that created your tumbler
Today makes the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) in Kumamoto, Japan. All DipCon delegates were presented with a tumbler for hot or cold drinks decorated by school children from Minamata City and Kumamoto City.

On the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention: Find the artist that created your tumbler

On the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention: Find the artist that created your tumbler

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held on 10 and 11 October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan, with a ceremonial opening held in Minamata on 9 October 2013. At the ceremonial opening, the Government of Japan welcomed delegates to Minamata and recalled the events which led to the recognition of the dangers of mercury poisoning. A storyteller, whose life had been affected by the Minamata Disease, presented the lifelong effects for many of the people of Minamata Bay.

For the occasion, the hosts had thought of a special gift for all delegates. To reduce the consumption of PET bottles and paper cups, they prepared 1000 tumblers that can be used for hot and cold drinks for the DipCon delegates. Children in Kumamoto City (2 primary schools and a high school) and Minamata City (7 primary schools) drew pictures which were inserted in the tumblers. The children were asked to draw pictures on attractive scenes around Minamata (e.g. sceneries, wildlife and local specialties) or activities (e.g. waste segregation, cleaning campaigns and so on) to showcase the city as an ‘Environmental Model City’. Five years on, the youngest artists, who were 4th grade pupils then and are now 9th grade students, will soon graduate.

On 1st July 2017, Minamata City commemorated the entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury with an event co-hostedby the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, Kumamoto Prefectural Government, Minamata Municipal Government and the United Nations Environment Programme. DipCon participant Ms. Claudia ten Have was invited to the event together with Ms. Yukina Arita, the schoolgirl who drew the picture for her tumbler. Ms. ten Have expressed her thanks for the opportunity to meet Ms. Arita, saying that she was impressed at how a small gift could leave such a meaningful memory. She also said that while for many Japanese the name ‘Minamata’ may be linked with heartache, she recognized the word “Minamata” now as having a positive meaning, representing the people of Minamata who have faced the problem so courageously and the convention that was established. She also expressed her determination to work with them to make mercury history.

To commemorate the fifth anniversary, we would like to call on all DipCon participants to take part in a Tumbler Search to match the artist and the owner of the tumbler.

To take part in the tumbler search, DipCon participants are invited to follow the following instructions to possibly know more about the artist.

  1. Please take out the drawing from your tumbler and make a photocopy of it or take a close-up photo. This will allow us to identify the artist, since the drawing contains key information (name, age and school) about the artist.

  2. We invite you to write a short message for the artist. Your message could include “your name, your country, whether you are using the tumbler, and your impression about the drawing”.

  3. Please send your message and the photo/photocopy to the following email address: suigin@env.go.jp

 

Specific International Programme: The first five projects approved
The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme met in Oslo from 2-3 October 2018 to review applications to its First Round. Please see link for the statement by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Sam Adu-Kumi and Mr. Reggie Hernaus.

Specific International Programme: The first five projects approved

Specific International Programme: The first five projects approved

As Co-Chairs of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, we are very pleased to inform you that on Wednesday, 3 October 2018, the Board approved five projects in the First Round of the Programme amounting to one million United States dollars.

The successful projects were submitted by Argentina, Armenia, Benin, Iran and Lesotho. On behalf of the Board, we would like to congratulate these applicants.

We noted the high interest in the Specific International Programme, and would like to commend all the applicants, whether successful or not in the First Round, for having prepared high quality submissions despite the short time frames.

In total 19 applications, from 18 Parties, were received by the deadline. The Board was particularly heartened that applications were received from all regions, including from least developed countries and from small island developing states.

The Board would also like to sincerely thank Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States for their contributions to the First Round of the Specific International Programme.

The Board was unfortunately not in a position to satisfy all requests for funding in this round. Given the high interest shown we hope to be in a position to launch the next round soon and in this regard would like to encourage those in a position to do so to contribute to a robust next round of the Programme.

The Board will present its full report to the Conference of the Parties at its second meeting.

On behalf of the Board we would also like to thank the Government of Norway for the gracious invitation to convene this meeting in Oslo.

Sam Adu-Kumi (Ghana) and Reggie Hernaus (The Netherlands)
Co-Chairs of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme
Oslo, 3 October 2018


Please visit the Governing Board meeting's photo gallery (you will need to be logged in with your Flickr account).

Governments and other relevant stakeholders will gather in Geneva from 19 to 23 November 2018 for COP2
Meeting documents and information on registration, credentials, events and exhibitions are available. Please refer to updated information, including the events timetable.

Governments and other relevant stakeholders will gather in Geneva from 19 to 23 November 2018 for COP2

Governments and other relevant stakeholders will gather in Geneva from 19 to 23 November 2018 for COP2

Meeting documents and information on registration, credentials, events and exhibitions are becoming available. COP2 will be preceded by a series of regional consultations in October 2018.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE BRINGS TO 98 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 30 August 2018, the Government of Sao Tome and Principe deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 98th Party to the Minamata Convention.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE BRINGS TO 98 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE BRINGS TO 98 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 30 August 2018, the Government of Sao Tome and Principe deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 98th Party to the Minamata Convention.

PORTUGAL BRINGS TO 97 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 28 August 2018, the Government of Portugal deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 97th Party to the Minamata Convention.

PORTUGAL BRINGS TO 97 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

PORTUGAL BRINGS TO 97 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 28 August 2018, the Government of Portugal deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 97th Party to the Minamata Convention.

CHILE BRINGS TO 96 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 27 August 2018, the Government of Chile deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 96th Party to the Minamata Convention.

CHILE BRINGS TO 96 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

CHILE BRINGS TO 96 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 27 August 2018, the Government of Chile deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 96th Party to the Minamata Convention.

THE MINAMATA CONVENTION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSURY ON 16 AUGUST 2018
On 16 August 2017 the Minamata Convention entered into force, 90 days after the 50-ratification milestone required was reached. Today, the number of Parties to the Convention almost doubled, with 95 countries having committed to its provisions. 

THE MINAMATA CONVENTION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSURY ON 16 AUGUST 2018

THE MINAMATA CONVENTION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSURY ON 16 AUGUST 2018

On 16 August 2017 the Minamata Convention entered into force, 90 days after the 50-ratification milestone required was reached. Today, the number of Parties to the Convention almost doubled, with 95 countries having committed to its provisions. 


SURINAME BRINGS TO 95 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 2 August 2018, the Government of Suriname deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 95th Party to the Minamata Convention.

SURINAME BRINGS TO 95 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

SURINAME BRINGS TO 95 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 2 August 2018, the Government of Suriname deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 95th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Paraguay BRINGS TO 94 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 26 June 2018, the Government of Paraguay deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 94th Party to the Minamata Convention.

Paraguay BRINGS TO 94 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

Paraguay BRINGS TO 94 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 26 June 2018, the Government of Paraguay deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 94th Party to the Minamata Convention.

INDIA BRINGS TO 93 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 18 June 2018, the Government of India deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 93nd Party to the Minamata Convention.

INDIA BRINGS TO 93 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

INDIA BRINGS TO 93 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 18 June 2018, the Government of India deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 93nd Party to the Minamata Convention.

Specific International Programme – First Round of Applications open until 31 August 2018
Eligible Parties are invited to submit applications between USD 50,000 and USD 250,000 to the Specific International Programme that was established to support capacity building and technical assistance.

Specific International Programme – First Round of Applications open until 31 August 2018

Specific International Programme – First Round of Applications open until 31 August 2018

Eligible Parties are invited to submit applications between USD 50,000 and USD 250,000 to the Specific International Programme that was established to support capacity building and technical assistance.

Implementation and Compliance Committee first meeting,29-30 May, Geneva
Amongst others, members of the Committee considered the rules of procedure under which to operate. The meeting was preceded by an information-sharing session featuring experience under implementation and compliance mechanisms of other MEAs.

Implementation and Compliance Committee first meeting,29-30 May, Geneva

Implementation and Compliance Committee first meeting,29-30 May, Geneva

Amongst others, members of the Committee considered the rules of procedure under which to operate. The meeting was preceded by an information-sharing session featuring experience under implementation and compliance mechanisms of other MEAs.

Rossana Silva Repetto appointed Minamata Convention Executive Secretary
Ms. Silva Repetto started on 4 April 2018. She brings over 24 years of professional experience with the UN, including her last position as Head of the Legal Unit in the Corporate Services Division of UN Environment Programme.

Rossana Silva Repetto appointed Minamata Convention Executive Secretary

Rossana Silva Repetto appointed Minamata Convention Executive Secretary

Ms. Silva Repetto started on 4 April 2018. She brings over 24 years of professional experience with the UN, including her last position as Head of the Legal Unit in the Corporate Services Division of UN Environment Programme.





Specific International Programme Governing Board meeting,15-16 May, Geneva
The 10 members of the Board oversee the operations of the Programme, including how the approximately USD 800,000 pledged and contributed for use in 2018 from Austria, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will be allocated.

Specific International Programme Governing Board meeting,15-16 May, Geneva

Specific International Programme Governing Board meeting,15-16 May, Geneva
The 10 members of the Board oversee the operations of the Programme, including how the approximately USD 800,000 pledged and contributed for use in 2018 from Austria, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will be allocated. 
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.
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