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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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