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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and monitoring, in a similar way the Partnership did on the issue of ASGM national action plans with the development of draft guidance for the consideration of INC7.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.

Regional consultations in preparation for INC7
A series of regional consultations were held in preparation for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7), scheduled to be held in the Dead Sea Area in Jordan, from 10 to 15 March 2016.

Regional consultations in preparation for INC7

Regional consultations in preparation for INC7

A series of regional consultations have been held in preparation for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7), scheduled to be held in the Dead Sea Area in Jordan, from 10 to 15 March 2016.

 

The consultations included presentations of the documents available for INC7,and were followed by discussions among Governments and possible development of positions for the various issues to be addressed at that session.

 

These meetings were held as follows:

  • Asia and the Pacific regional consultations: 20 to 22 January 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia;
  • Africa regional consultations: 2 to 4 February 2016, Lusaka, Zambia;
  • Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asian regional consultations: 3 and 4 February 2016, Brno, Czech Republic;
  • Latin America and the Caribbean regional consultations: 9 to 12 February 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

Intergovernmental organizations as well as accredited non-governmental organizations  participated as observers in open sessions of these consultations. 

Jordan ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 12 November 2015, the Government of Jordan deposited its instrument of ratification, bringing to 19 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention to date.

Jordan ratifies the Minamata Convention

Jordan ratifies the Minamata Convention
On 12 November 2015, the Government of Jordan deposited its instrument of ratification, bringing to 19 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention to date.
28 September 2015, Geneva - SDGs: Make it happen for chemicals and wastes!
ICCM4 participants were invited to reflect and share their views on how the SDGs can become reality for chemicals and wastes at interactive Panel Discussion scheduled on Monday 28 September.

28 September 2015, Geneva - SDGs: Make it happen for chemicals and wastes!

28 September 2015, Geneva - SDGs: Make it happen for chemicals and wastes!

 

24 September 2015 - New York: Chad and Samoa join the Minamata Convention
Chad and Samoa deposited their instruments of ratification at Special High-level Event co-hosted by the Governments of japan, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States of America.

24 September 2015 - New York: Chad and Samoa join the Minamata Convention

24 September 2015 - New York: Chad and Samoa join the Minamata Convention
24 September 2015 - New York: Special High-level Event to foster entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention
On 24 September 2015, a Special High-Level event on the Minamata Convention will be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and on the eve of the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

24 September 2015 - New York: Special High-level Event to foster entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention

24 September 2015 - New York: Special High-level Event to foster entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention

On 24 September 2015, from 1.15 pm to 2.30 pm, a Special High-Level Event "The Minamata Convention on Mercury: Promoting environmental protection through early entry into force and effective implementation" will be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York (Conference Room 6), in the margins of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and on the eve of the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

Co-hosted by the Governments of Japan where the Minamata Convention was adopted, Switzerland, where the negotiations concluded and the first COP will be held, the United States of America, the first country to ratify the Convention and Uruguay, who chaired the negotiations process, this Special High-Level Event will provide important momentum to accelerate the entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The Special High-Level Event will include a ceremony for the deposit of the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession by Member States as well as an opportunity for speeches and exchange of views among high-level representatives moderated by the Executive Director of UNEP.

Wide participation from Government representatives is encouraged.  The official correspondence may be found below. The event will also be open to non-governmental participation.

The Special High-Level Event will take place immediately before the 2015 Treaty Event convened from 28 September to 1 October 2015 to provide states with an opportunity to fulfil pledges made in national and international forums to sign on to sign and, particularly, to ratify or accede to multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General.

To register or receive further information, please contact the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention here.


Invitation Letter to the Special High-Level Event on the Minamata Convention

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Executive Director Transmittal Letter

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Practical information and provisional programme for the High-level Special Event on the Minamata Convention

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Call for comments on draft BAT/BEP guidance
Governments and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the developing draft guidance on BAT/BEP for controlling and where feasible reducing mercury emissions to the atmosphere. Comments are to be submitted no later than 1 August 2015.

Call for comments on draft BAT/BEP guidance

Call for comments on draft BAT/BEP guidance

Governments and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the developing draft guidance on BAT/BEP for controlling and where feasible reducing mercury emissions to the atmosphere. Comments are to be submitted no later than 1 August 2015.

Promoting science – policy collaboration on mercury in Jeju, Korea
Over 800 scientists, engineers, and policy makers from more than 60 countries gather in Jeju, Korea, from 14-19 June 2015 to discuss research on mercury and its impacts on human health and the environment at the 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.

Promoting science – policy collaboration on mercury in Jeju, Korea

Promoting science – policy collaboration on mercury in Jeju, Korea

The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) is a biennial event that brings together scientists, engineers, and policymakers from a wide variety of disciplines, from atmospheric chemistry to toxicology. At the 12th ICMGP over 800 participants from more than 60 countries gathered in Jeju, Korea, from 14-19 June, 2015, to discuss research on mercury and its impacts on human health and the environment. The contribution of science towards the ratification and implementation of the Minamata Convention also featured prominently in the programme for ICMGP, supported by a number of events organized by the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the UNEP Chemicals Branch.

UNEP participated in the opening ceremony, together with members of the Government of the Republic of Korea, and recognized the key role of scientists in shaping both the Minamata Convention and the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. UNEP’s opening remarks emphasized that the ICMGP community of scientists has already achieved great success in bridging the divide between research and global policy action, and called on conference participants to continue to strengthen the science-policy nexus.

On June 15, the Coordinator of the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention addressed the opening plenary of the ICMGP with a talk about the importance of science to the Minamata Convention. He recognized the tremendous contribution of the scientific community in elaborating the risks that mercury poses to human health and the environment, making possible the international action that culminated in the adoption of the Minamata Convention in 2013. He also stressed that in many ways, the real work is just beginning, as countries move to ratify and implement the Convention, often with significant challenges. The scientific community has a critical role to play in the implementation of the Convention, from assisting governments identify and measure sources of mercury emissions and releases, to providing the framework for evaluating the agreement’s effectiveness.

UNEP also hosted a workshop at the ICMGP on the UNEP Mercury Inventory Toolkit, which assists countries in developing a standardized inventory of mercury emissions and releases. The Toolkit is a key element in Minamata Initial Assessments, enabling activities funded by the Global Environment Facility to help Governments ratify the Convention. In addition, a special session on the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership was held at the conference to explore how the Partnership is working to bridge the gap between science and policy to deliver solutions for effective implementation of the Convention.

The next ICMGP will take place in 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. By then, it is expected that the Minamata Convention will have entered into force, and the scientific community can again take stock of the efforts to assist in implementation and evaluation.

More information about the 12th ICMGP can be found here

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