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E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury
InforMEA, an Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements facilitated by UNEP, has launched an e-learning course on the Minamata Convention as part of its online Learning Platform. The project is supported by funding from the European Union.

E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury

E-learning course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury

InforMEA, a project established by the MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has launched a new online course on the Minamata Convention on Mercury entitled Introductory Course to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The initial section of the course provides the participants with a solid understanding of the environmental challenges posed by global mercury pollution and highlights the urgency of effective global action on mercury. The course then focuses on the operational articles of the Minamata Convention that address this problem, with an emphasis on key articles that address the economic activities resulting in significant mercury emissions and releases, as well as the implementation of those articles. The final section of the course focuses on the articles related to the institutional arrangements and the overall implementation of the Minamata Convention.

At the end of the course, the participants test their knowledge of global mercury pollution and of the provisions of the Minamata Convention in order to obtain a course certificate. The course, supported by funding from the European Union, is available for free on the InforMEA e-learning platform. It is currently available in English with further language versions being developed.

The IKM initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. The initiative currently includes 43 international and regional legally binding instruments from 18 Secretariats hosted by three UN organizations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Initiative invites and welcomes the participation of observers involved with MEA data and information, such as the Environmental Management Group (EMG), the European Environment Agency (EEA),The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO),  IUCN, the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

To learn more, please visit http://e-learning.informea.org/.

Switzerland, Mali and Botswana become future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 25 May 2016, the Government of Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification to the Minamata Convention at a ratification ceremony in New York. Shortly thereafter, on 27 May and 3 June respectively, the Government of Mali and the Government of Botswana deposited their instruments of ratification to the Minamata Convention, bringing the number of future Parties to the Convention to 28.

Switzerland, Mali and Botswana become future Parties to the Minamata Convention

Switzerland, Mali and Botswana become future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 25 May 2016, the Government of Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification to the Minamata Convention at a ratification ceremony in New York. Shortly thereafter, on 27 May and 3 June respectively, the Government of Mali and the Government of Botswana deposited their instruments of ratification to the Minamata Convention, bringing the number of future Parties to the Convention to 28.
Set of fact sheets on the Minamata Convention now online
The interim secretariat has published a set of fact sheets providing an overview of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, of its key control measures as well as of the process for becoming a Party. Released in English and French, Spanish version will be made available shortly.

Set of fact sheets on the Minamata Convention now online

Set of fact sheets on the Minamata Convention now online
The interim secretariat has published a set of fact sheets providing an overview of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, of its key control measures as well as of the process for becoming a Party. Released in English and French, Spanish version will be made available shortly.
1st call for proposals now open until 4 July 2016
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.

1st call for proposals now open until 4 July 2016

1st call for proposals now open until 4 July 2016
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.
Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1
Governments reached successful outcomes at the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee held from 10 to 15 March 2016 at the Dead Sea, in Jordan.

Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1

Successful outcomes at INC7 pave the way for entry into force and COP1

Over 450 participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations took part in the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7) which concluded its work on 15 March 2016 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in Jordan after six days of meeting. INC7 was preceded by regional consultations on 9 March 2016.

Successful outcomes have been achieved at this important session to prepare for the entry into force of the Convention, with agreement reached on a number of significant issues which will be considered for adoption by the Conference of Parties at its first meeting. In particular, guidance materials have been adopted on a provisional basis on a number of technical issues, such as on best available techniques and best environmental practices for emissions of mercury, on the identification of stocks and sources of mercury supply as well as on completing the forms required under Article 3. Agreement was also reached on the use of guidance on the development of national action plans on artisanal and small-scale gold mining by countries in developing their national action plans. Good progress was generally made on all areas including the financial mechanism of the Convention as well as administrative matters.

 

Documents prepared for INC7 can be accessed on the INC7 webpage, where the session’s report and final list of participants will also be posted as soon as finalized. The daily coverage and summary report by Earth Negotiations Bulletin are available on the IISD webpage at: www.iisd.ca/mercury/inc7/

Senegal becomes 25th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 15 March 2016, last day of INC7, Chair Fernando Lugris announces the ratification of the Convention by the Government of Senegal.

Senegal becomes 25th future Party to the Minamata Convention

Senegal becomes 25th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 15 March 2016, last day of INC7, Chair Fernando Lugris announces the ratification of the Convention by the Government of Senegal.
“Pez-Peste”, symbol of the mercury negotiations
The sculpture “Pez-Peste”, specially created and donated by the Argentinean artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, followed the INC throughout the negotiations process as a symbol of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination.

“Pez-Peste”, symbol of the mercury negotiations

“Pez-Peste”, symbol of the mercury negotiations

The sculpture “Pez-Peste” was presented to the INC at its second session (Chiba, Japan, January 2011) by the health sector and civil society groups, as a symbol of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination. The Chair of the INC, Ambassador Fernando Lugris, accepted the sculpture on behalf of the Committee.

The sculpture was specially created and donated by the Argentinean artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, an internationally recognized Argentinean visual artist and pioneer in landscape art who addresses ecological concerns through his creations.

The INC Bureau was pleased to visit the artist at his home during INC4 (Puta del Este, Uruguay, June-July 2012), see a number of his other works and discuss his commitment to the environment. 

“Pez-Peste” has followed the INC throughout the negotiations process. At the Diplomatic Conference which adopted the Minamata Convention (Kumamoto, Japan, October 2013), the sculpture was passed to the care of the Government of Japan to be displayed at the museum in Minamata in recognition of the important work of the Convention. 
 

Zambia ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 11 March 2016, the Government of the Zambia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 24th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Zambia ratifies the Minamata Convention

Zambia ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 11 March 2016, the Government of the Zambia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 24th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

7th advisory group meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
Gathered on 8 March 2016, on the eve of INC7, partners of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership renewed their commitment towards rapid implementation of the Minamata Convention.

7th advisory group meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership

7th advisory group meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership

The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership held its 7th Advisory Group meeting on 8 March 2016, on the eve of INC7.

The Partnership consists of over 150 stakeholders from governments, industry, NGOs, and academia who are dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the impacts of mercury.

A key role of the Partnership is to assist countries in achieving timely and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention. In line with that role, the Partnership is undertaking capacity-building efforts and producing information and guidance in multiple sectors including mercury-added products, artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), and coal combustion.

The Partnership held its seventh advisory group meeting (PAG7) in Jordan on 8 March 2016, on the eve of INC7. The objective of this meeting was to review Partnership activities, plan future efforts, and develop strategies to increase effectiveness in supporting implementation of the Minamata Convention.

Among its main conclusions, PAG7 reaffirmed partners’ commitment to contribute to the Convention on areas such as mercury interim storage and monitoring, in a similar way the Partnership did on the issue of ASGM national action plans with the development of draft guidance for the consideration of INC7.

The meeting also reviewed the business plans for Partnership areas addressing mercury from coal combustion, mercury-added products, waste management, chlor-alkali plants and cement production.

Finally, the PAG meeting discussed its future work based on outcomes of the Partnership regional consultations held in the margins of the INC7 regional consultations and agreed to strengthen the communication and outreach of the Partnership.

Please visit the Global Mercury Partnership web site for more information, and to find out how you can join.

Minamata Convention now live on Twitter!
Follow the official Twitter Feed of the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, get latest updates for #INC7 held at the Dead Sea, Jordan from 10 to 15 March 2016 and the work of the Convention.

Minamata Convention now live on Twitter!

Minamata Convention now live on Twitter!

Follow the official Twitter Feed of the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, get latest updates for #INC7 held at the Dead Sea, Jordan from 10 to 15 March 2016 and the work of the Convention.

 

Japan ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 2 February 2016, the Government of Japan deposited its instrument of acceptance, thereby becoming the 23rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Japan ratifies the Minamata Convention

Japan ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 2 February 2016, the Government of JAPAN deposited its instrument of Acceptance, thereby becoming the 23rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Peru ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 21 January 2016, the Government of the Peru deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 21st  future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Peru ratifies the Minamata Convention

Peru ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 21 January 2016, the Government of the Peru deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 21st  future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 26 January 2016, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 22nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) ratifies the Minamata Convention

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 26 January 2016, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 22nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Reaching Out to Stakeholders Ahead of INC7
The Partnership is holding awareness-raising and knowledge sharing events on the margins of the INC7 regional consultations.

UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Reaching Out to Stakeholders Ahead of INC7

UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Reaching Out to Stakeholders Ahead of INC7

The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership consists of stakeholders from governments, industry, NGOs, and academia who are dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the impacts of mercury. A key role of the Partnership is to assist countries in achieving timely and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention.

Consistent with that role, the Partnership is undertaking capacity-building efforts and producing information and guidance in multiple sectors including mercury-added products, ASGM, and coal combustion.

In order to increase responsiveness to national government stakeholders, the Partnership’s UNEP Secretariat is organizing a series of discussions and information sessions at the INC7 Regional Consultations.

The Partnership will also hold its seventh advisory group meeting (PAG7) in Jordan on March 8, 2016, immediately preceding INC7.  The objective of this meeting is to review Partnership activities, plan future efforts, and develop strategies to increase effectiveness in supporting implementation of the Minamata Convention.

Please visit the Global Mercury Partnership web site for more information, and to find out how you can join.

Kuwait ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 3 December 2015, the Government of Kuwait deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 20th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Kuwait ratifies the Minamata Convention

Kuwait ratifies the Minamata Convention

On 3 December 2015, the Government of Kuwait deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 20th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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