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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.

Benin and Gambia becomes the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 7 November 2016, the Governments of Benin and Gambia deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

Benin and Gambia becomes the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Benin and Gambia becomes the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 7 November 2016, the Governments of Benin and Gambia deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 34th and 35th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.
Sierra Leone becomes 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 November 2016, the Government of Sierra Leone deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Sierra Leone becomes 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Sierra Leone becomes 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 1 November 2016, the Government of Sierra Leone deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 33rd future Party to the Minamata Convention.
Antigua and Barbuda becomes 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 23 September 2016, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Antigua and Barbuda becomes 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Antigua and Barbuda becomes 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

On 23 September 2016, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 32nd future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Swaziland becomes 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 21 September 2016, the Government of Swaziland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Swaziland becomes 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Swaziland becomes 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

On 21 September 2016, the Government of Swaziland deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 31st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Acknowledging the support from donors
The interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention of Mercury would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the financial and material support provided by Governments and Regional Economic Integration Organizations.

Acknowledging the support from donors

Acknowledging the support from donors
The interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention of Mercury would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the financial and material support provided by Governments and Regional Economic Integration Organizations towards the development of a global legally binding instrument on mercury.
China becomes 30th future party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 31 August 2016, the Government of the People's Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 30th future Party to the Convention.

China becomes 30th future party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

China becomes 30th future party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
On 31 August 2016, the Government of the People's Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 30th future Party to the Convention.
Call for submissions (deadline extended)
Following the request of INC7, the interim secretariat has announced a call for submission of information related to certain articles of the Minamata Convention, which is required for the preparation of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Call for submissions (deadline extended)

Call for submissions (deadline extended)

The seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC7) requested the interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention to seek information from Governments and others in relation to certain articles of the Convention. This information is required towards the preparations for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention. In relation to this request, the interim secretariat has made two calls for information.

The first call for information relates to Article 7 (Artisanal and small-scale gold mining), Article 10 (Environmentally sound interim storage of mercury, other than waste mercury), Article 11 (Mercury wastes), Article 12 (Contaminated sites), and Article 22 (Effectiveness evaluation). The information requested is summarized in this attachment. The deadline for the submission of this information has now been extended to Sunday, 30 October 2016.

The second call for information relates to the calculation or estimation of mercury emissions and releases from the open burning of waste, including quantities of waste generated annually, the proportion of waste subjected to open burning and the average mercury content of waste. In relation to this request, a fact sheet outlining the current state of the knowledge on this issue was sent out. The deadline for the submission of this information is Friday, 9 December 2016.

Any information should be submitted to:

The Principal Coordinator

Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Chemicals and Waste Branch

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

United Nations Environment Programme

11 - 13 chemin des Anémones

CH - 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Fax: (41 22) 797 3460

E-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org

Ecuador becomes 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 29 July 2016, the Government of Ecuador deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

Ecuador becomes 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention

Ecuador becomes 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention
On 29 July 2016, the Government of Ecuador deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention.
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/.

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