News from the Convention

Climate change, chemicals and wastes interact threatening biodiversity, says new report
A new report produced by the UN Secretariats of the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam, & Stockholm conventions maps the interlinkages between hazardous chemicals, wastes and climate change, which combine to impact on efforts to conserve and restore nature.

04 June 2021

GEN Online Session: Chemicals and Waste Briefing
On 27 May, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention participated in a Chemicals and Waste briefing organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network (GEN). The online event offered an overview on key activities and important conferences, including the digital and in-person segments of COP-4.

27 May 2021

Pollution from chemicals and wastes a key driver of biodiversity loss, says new report
Joint statement by the Secretariats of the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam, & Stockholm conventions in launching Key Insights from a Study on the Interlinkages between Chemicals and Waste and Biodiversity.

21 May 2021

Call for comments: Draft guidance for completing the national reporting format
The first version draft of the guidance on national reporting is now open for comments. Parties and stakeholders may submit comments using the comment form available for this purpose and submit it by 28 June 2021.

20 May 2021

Register now: WHO and Minamata Convention Joint Webinar
On June 2, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention co-host a webinar that will provide an overview of new guidance on public health strategies in the context of the convention. Learn more and register here by 31 May.

14 May 2021

Notification on amendment proposals to Annexes A and B ahead of COP4
On 30 April 2021, the Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz notified the Parties and Signatories to the Minamata Convention on Mercury of three proposed texts of amendments to Annexes A and B.

05 May 2021

Report on the work of the ad hoc group of experts on the review of Annexes A and B
This report summarizes the outcome of the work of the group. Submitted and supplemented information is presented in a "compilation document", part of which is to be further organized and made available to COP4 as an information document.

04 May 2021

Update on the format of the Minamata Convention COP4
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention (COP4) will be held in two segments: online (1-5 November 2021) and in-person (first quarter of 2022 in Bali, Indonesia). Read the letter from the COP4 President and the Executive Secretary.

30 April 2021

Global Environment Facility holds first meeting for its 8th replenishment
Representatives of donor and recipient countries gathered virtually with members of the wider GEF community to discuss priorities and ambitions for the multilateral trust fund’s next four-year funding cycle that starts in July 2022.

23 April 2021

Cambodia brings to 131 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 8 April 2021, the Government of Cambodia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 131st Party to the Minamata Convention.

19 April 2021

The first draft of the Guidance on monitoring to support the Effectiveness Evaluation is now open for comments
Parties and stakeholders may submit comments by 31 May 2021.

15 April 2021

Central African Republic brings to 130 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 31 March 2021, the Government of Central African Republic deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 130th Party to the Minamata Convention.

15 April 2021

Tribute to the memory of Prof. Lucyna Falkowska
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention expresses its condolences on the passing of Prof. Lucyna Falkowska, key leader of mercury research in Poland. She passed away on April 7 at the age of 70.

14 April 2021

Applying for funding through the Special Programme
The fifth round of applications was launched on 7 April 2021. The deadline for the submission of applications is 7 August 2021.

09 April 2021

ICMGP 2022 calls for mini workshop proposals
The 15th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, to be held in Cape Town July 2022, issues a call for mini workshop proposals with an opportunity to convene virtual sessions as part of Minamata Online Season 2.

31 March 2021

Burundi brings to 129 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 26 March 2021, the Government of Burundi deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 129th Party to the Minamata Convention.

30 March 2021

Cameroon brings to 128 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 10 March 2021, the Government of Cameroon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 128th Party to the Minamata Convention.

26 March 2021

Register now: planetGOLD in Review
On March 30, planetGOLD hosts a virtual event with the participation of the Minamata Convention and the Global Environment Facility to look at the accomplishments and future of the programme after two years of tackling mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM).

24 March 2021

Video on gender equality to make mercury history
On International Women’s Day, the Secretariat launched a video on how women are more negatively impacted by mercury and what needs to be done to better protect, support and promote gender equality. Watch it now.

08 March 2021

Executive Secretary’s statement for the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly
Watch Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz’s video address for the event on 22-23 February 2021: “"This Assembly, together with major MEAs meetings, will help set the world on a clear path to improve human and environmental health".

24 February 2021

Additional Exchange Session on the proposed indicators for the effectiveness evaluation
Following the Exchange Session in February, Parties requested the Secretariat to provide for an additional opportunity to engage on the initial views submitted on the proposed indicators. This Exchange Session will be held on Thursday, 4 March 2021. Register now.

19 February 2021

Minamata Convention Progress Report 2020
The Secretariat presents the first publication on the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury – Progress Report 2020. It is focused on the activities and achievements through the year to help fight the toxic impact of mercury. We hope you find this report as useful and full of hope as we do.

03 February 2021

The 2020 deadline for mercury-added products
Parties shall not allow, by taking appropriate measures, the manufacture, import or export of mercury-added products listed in Part I of Annex A after 2020.

27 January 2021

Update on the intersessional work on the proposed indicators for the effectiveness evaluation
Following the plan of work for the proposed indicators, the Secretariat will facilitate an exchange session in two parts on the received initial views and responses on Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 February, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET. Click on the headline to know more and register for the exchange session.  

26 January 2021

The Specific International Programme hosts webinar sessions on the Third Round of applications
The Minamata Secretariat hosted a webinar on the Third Round of applications to the Specific International Programme in separate sessions in English, French and Spanish on 19 and 20 January 2021.

13 January 2021

Italy brings to 127 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 5 January, the Government of Italy deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 127th Party to the Minamata Convention and the first country to join in the new year 2021.

06 January 2021

UNEP supports Asian countries to protect environment and the people from mercury
As part of the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to countries to ratify and implement the Minamata Convention, the government of Myanmar has presented the translation of the Convention text in its official language.

30 December 2020

Pakistan brings to 126 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 16 December 2020, the Government of Pakistan deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 126th Party to the Minamata Convention.

18 December 2020

Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group Meeting 11
On 15 December, the Minamata Convention Secretariat took part in the eleventh meeting of the Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange on future priorities, discuss progress and next steps, including the preparations for the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention (Bali, Indonesia, 1-5 Nov. 2021)

17 December 2020

GEN Online Session: Chemicals and Waste Briefing
On 16 December, the Minamata Convention Secretariat participated in a Chemicals and Waste briefing organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network (GEN). The online event reviewed the outcomes of the work and key activities of 2020, and presented the latest information on the priorities and main conferences scheduled for 2021.

16 December 2020

Specific International Programme: Third Round of Applications open until 18 March 2021
The Third Round of applications to the Specific International Programme opened on 15 December 2020. Eligible Parties are invited to apply for projects that can range in size from USD50,000 to USD250,000. Applications are due by Thursday, 18 March 2021.

15 December 2020

Update on the intersessional work on effectiveness evaluation: Proposed indicators and monitoring guidance
Submissions of initial views on indicators on effectiveness available on online workspace. This is in support of intersessional work on indicators for effectiveness evaluation (MC-3/10).

14 December 2020

GEF 59th Council Meeting: Remarks by Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention attended the 59th Council Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which due to COVID-19 restrictions was held online from December 7 to December 11, 2020.

10 December 2020

Call for project proposals on mercury-added products in Asia and the Pacific
Under the programme funded by the European Union to help on mercury-added products and effectiveness evaluation, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention invites project proposals on "Market survey and capacity building in Asia and the Pacific".

02 December 2020

Minamata Online: Socioeconomic impact of mercury pollution
On 1 December, Minamata Online held the last event of the season, its information session on “Socioeconomic impact of mercury pollution”.

01 December 2020

Call for information on Gender and Mercury
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is inviting Parties and interested stakeholders to submit, by December 13th, scientific, technical and policy information on gender and mercury.

30 November 2020

Minamata Online: Article 12 Contaminated Sites
On 26 November, Minamata Online held an information session on “Article 12: Contaminated Sites”. This online event, part of the “implementation review and support” stream, outlined how the Minamata Convention sets out obligations with respect to the management of contaminates sites (Article 12) and how it provides relevant technical guidance.

27 November 2020

Minamata Online: Multimedia models
On 17 November, Minamata Online held an information session on “Multimedia modelling of global mercury movement”.

18 November 2020

Minamata Online: Article 11 Mercury Wastes
On 12 November, Minamata Online held two information sessions on "Article 11: Mercury Wastes". These virtual sessions, part of the implementation review and support stream, outlined how the Minamata Convention sets out obligations regarding the management of mercury wastes (Article 11).

13 November 2020

The first Minamata national reports are available now!
By October 2020, 91 national reports have been received (achieving a 79.8% rate for the first reporting cycle). New reports received will be posted on this website when available.

12 November 2020

Minamata Online: Multimedia modelling of global mercury movement
On 17 November, the Minamata Secretariat, in collaboration with UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and ICMGP, will hold a science session on the opportunities that multimedia modelling covering air, water, biota and humans provides for assessing the state of the environment and the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention.

11 November 2020

Qatar brings to 125 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 4 November 2020, the Government of Qatar deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 125th Party to the Minamata Convention.

06 November 2020

Minamata Online: Mercury emissions (estimation and projection)
On 5 November, Minamata Online held an information session on “Mercury emissions: Estimation and projection”. This online science session, part of the “mercury science” stream, presented available information on estimated mercury emissions of release to the environment and their future projection.

05 November 2020

Minamata Online: Article 8 Emissions
On Thursday 22 October, experts held an information session on how the Minamata Convention sets out obligations with regard to the control and reduction of mercury and mercury compounds to the atmosphere (Article 8 and Annex D).

16 October 2020

Minamata Online: Special Briefing on COP4
On 3 November, Minamata Online held a special briefing on the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which is scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 November 2021 in Bali, Indonesia.

16 October 2020

Minamata Online: Mercury material flow – waste
On 15 October, Minamata Online held an information session on mercury material flow focusing on waste stream. Presentations included the approaches taken in understanding national mercury flow in waste stream and available knowledge from waste management sector. There was a panel discussion on how to improve the knowledge on mercury material flow in waste stream.

08 October 2020

Tanzania brings to 124 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention
On 5 October 2020, the Government of the Republic of Tanzania deposited its instrument of ratificacion, thereby becoming the 124th Party to the Minamata Convention.

08 October 2020

Sound management of chemicals and waste a prerequisite for turning the tide on biodiversity loss and protecting human health
Joint Statement of the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam, & Stockholm conventions on the occasion of the UN Summit on Biodiversity

30 September 2020

Minamata Online: Article 3 Trade in Mercury
On Thursday 8 October, this online session outlined how the Minamata Convention sets out obligations with regard to the trade in mercury (Article 3, MC-1/2). It also provided additional information on the evolution of mercury trade flows.

30 September 2020

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