News from the Convention

UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen will inaugurate COP3
The most senior authority from UNEP will travel to Geneva to open the global meeting, which will take place from 25 to 29 November 2019 at the International Conference Centre.

12 November 2019

The Executive Secretary participates in Japan in the launch of a project to promote the implementation of the Convention
Seven years after the Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in Kumamoto, Japan, the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Rossana Silva Repetto, visited Minamata City to participate in the launch of a project funded by Japan, to promote the implementation of the Convention.

21 October 2019

Côte d'Ivoire brings to 114 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 October 2019, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 114th Party to the Minamata Convention.

04 October 2019

EU provides €500K for technical assistance and capacity building
To support the capacity building and technical assistance plan of the Minamata Convention, the European Union provided 500,000 euros for targeted support at the sub-regional level on mercury trade and mercury emissions.

27 September 2019

Specific International Programme: Ten projects approved in the Second Round
The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme met in Washington from 18-20 September and approved ten projects for close to 2 million dollars. Please read the statement by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Sam Adu-Kumi and Mr. Reggie Hernaus.

23 September 2019

COP3 Participants Information
The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will take place from 25 to 29 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The online platform for pre-registration is available until the 11 November 2019.

23 September 2019

Analysis of Minamata Initial Assessments presented at the ICMGP 2019
From the 8th to 13th September 2019 the international scientist community and policy makers met in Krakow, Poland at the 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019).

19 September 2019

Colombia brings to 113 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 August 2019, the Government of Colombia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 113th Party to the Minamata Convention.

27 August 2019

Making Mercury History: The Minamata Convention celebrates its second anniversary
Two years ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention came into force as a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from human-induced emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

16 August 2019

Republic of the Congo brings to 112 the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 6 August 2019, the Government of the Republic of the Congo deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 112th Party to the Minamata Convention.

08 August 2019

Draft report on effectiveness evaluation comments received
The draft report of the ad hoc technical expert group was open for comment from 1 August to 5 September 2019. The draft report responds to the mandate of MC-1/9 and MC-2/20. View comments received.

05 August 2019

COMOROS BRINGS TO 111 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 23 July 2019, the Government of Comoros deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 111th Party to the Minamata Convention.

26 July 2019

MONTENEGRO BRINGS TO 110 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 10 Jun 2019, the Government of Montenegro deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 110th Party to the Minamata Convention.

27 June 2019

TUVALU BRINGS TO 109 THE NUMBER OF PARTIES TO THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
On 7 Jun 2019, the Government of Tuvalu deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 109th Party to the Minamata Convention.

13 June 2019

SCHEDULE OF INTERSESSIONAL WORK UPDATED
COP-3 will be held in Geneva from 25 to 29 November 2019. Updated schedule for submissions, commenting and development of COP documents is available.

22 May 2019

South Africa brings to 108 the  number of Parties to the Minamata Convention
The government of South Africa deposited its instrument of ratification on 29 April 2019.

07 May 2019

Ireland and the State of Palestine bring to 107 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
The governments of Ireland and the State of Palestine deposited their instrument of ratification and accession respectively, on 18 March 2019.

20 March 2019

Saint Lucia, Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia and Uganda bring to 105 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
The governments of Saint Lucia, Marshall Islands and Saudi Arabia deposited their instrument of accession respectively on 23, 29 January and 27 February while Uganda’s government deposited its instrument of ratification on 1 March 2019.

07 March 2019

Specific International Programme – Second Round of Applications open until 14 June 2019
Eligible Parties are invited to submit applications to the Second Round of the Specific International Programme that was established to support capacity building and technical assistance.

05 March 2019

Submissions received in preparation for COP3
Submissions for COP3 on releases, waste, contaminates sites and effectiveness evaluation were received by 15 February. Other submissions are due by 31 May 2019.

19 February 2019

Specific International Programme: Third Meeting of the Governing Board, 14-15 February 2019, Geneva
Members of the Governing Board will discuss preparations to launch the Second Round for projects applications, as well as elements for a resource mobilization strategy.

11 January 2019

COP2 calls for follow up actions in preparation for COP3
The Executive Secretary conveys her sincere gratitude to Parties and stakeholders for contributing to the success of the conference and shares a summary of key follow up items, including call for submissions and nominations.

08 January 2019

Kumamoto celebrates the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Minamata Convention
The Minamata Convention was adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (DipCon) in Kumamoto, Japan, on 10 October 2013. The citizens of Kumamoto celebrated the 5th anniversary with a “mercury-Free Fair” on 18 November 2018.

12 December 2018

Countries meet to address mercury as global emissions rise by 20%
Global mercury emissions rose by 20% between 2010 and 2015. Mercury is deadly to human health and technology hasn't been able to offset this rise which may be partly due to the recovery of major coal burning economies in the years following the 2008 crash.

23 November 2018

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.

23 October 2018

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.

18 October 2018

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.

10 October 2018

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.

08 October 2018

Governments and other relevant stakeholders gathered 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.

05 September 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.

31 August 2018

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.

29 August 2018

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.

28 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. 

16 August 2018

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.

13 August 2018

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.

27 June 2018

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.

19 June 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.

05 June 2018

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.

28 May 2018

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.

22 May 2018

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.

14 May 2018

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.

04 May 2018

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.

26 March 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.

22 March 2018

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.

22 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. 

08 March 2018

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.

27 February 2018

 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.

15 February 2018

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.

31 January 2018

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.

18 January 2018

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