News from the Convention

The Minamata Convention has entered into force!
The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017. The first Conference of the Parties will take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

16 August 2017

Brazil brings to 74 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 8 August 2017, the Government of Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 74th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

09 August 2017

Kiribati and Syrian Arab Republic become the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 and 28 July 2017 respectively, the Governments of Syrian Arab Republic and Kiribati deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

08 August 2017

Jamaica brings to 71 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 July 2017, the Government of Jamaica deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 71st future Party to the Minamata Convention.

20 July 2017

Rwanda brings to 70 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 29 June 2017, the Government of Rwanda deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 70th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

07 July 2017

The City of Minamata Celebrates the Entry into Force of the Convention
Watch the celebrations hosted by the Government of Japan, the Kumamoto Prefecture and the City of Minamata on 1 July, 14:00-16:10 (05:00-07:10 GMT).

23 June 2017

Ratification of the Convention by Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam
On 21, 22 and 23 June 2017, the Governments of Palau, Thailand, Slovenia and Viet Nam deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 66th to 69th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

23 June 2017

Ratification of the Convention by Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Moldova and Estonia
On 16, 20 and 21 June 2017, the Governments of Islamic Republic of Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, and Estonia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 61st to 65th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

21 June 2017

Czech Republic and Sri Lanka brings to 60 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 19 June 2017, the Government of Czeck Republic and the Government of Sri Lanka deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 59th and 60th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

20 June 2017

France brings to 58 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 15 June 2017, the Government of France deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 58th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

16 June 2017

Austria brings to 57 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 12 June 2017, the Government of Austria deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

14 June 2017

Niger brings to 56 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 9 June 2017, the Government of Niger deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 56th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

12 June 2017

Finland brings to 55 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 1 June 2017, the Government of Finland deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

03 June 2017

Slovakia brings to 54 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention
On 31 May 2017, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 54th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

01 June 2017

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.

26 May 2017

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!

18 May 2017

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.

17 May 2017

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.

15 May 2017

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.

03 May 2017

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.

18 April 2017

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.

11 April 2017

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.

09 April 2017

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.

23 March 2017

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.

08 March 2017

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

06 March 2017

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.

02 February 2017

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.

20 January 2017

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.

12 December 2016

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.

06 December 2016

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.

08 November 2016

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.

02 November 2016

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.

26 September 2016

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.

22 September 2016

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.

19 September 2016

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.

02 September 2016

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.

18 August 2016

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.

09 August 2016

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.

19 July 2016

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.

01 June 2016

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.

03 May 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.

05 April 2016

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.

15 March 2016

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.

14 March 2016

“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.

14 March 2016

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.

12 March 2016

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.

09 March 2016

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.

01 March 2016

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.

02 February 2016

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.

29 January 2016

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