Virtual exhibition: Winners and finalists of #MakeMercuryHistory Photo Contest 2022
The virtual exhibition of the first photo contest recognizes compelling images that shed light on mercury pollution, the environment and the people working towards eliminating mercury.
#MakeMercuryHistory Photo Contest
On Monday 5 June (13h00-14h00 CEDT), to celebrate World Environment Day, a special Minamata Online session focused on photography and mercury, with the three winners of the 2022 #MakeMercuryHistory
New study reveals mercury pollution’s ripple effects on biodiversity, fisheries and local communities
On the occasion of the 2023 International Day for Biodiversity, a new study sheds light on the profound socio-economic consequences of mercury pollution on biodiversity, fisheries and livelihoods.
Key facts on the interlinkages between biodiversity and mercury pollution
Pollution from chemicals and wastes is a key driver of biodiversity loss, according to the 2021 exploratory study on biodiversity interlinkages by the secretariats of BRS and Minamata conventions.
Winners announced: Make Mercury History Photo Contest 2022
On the occasion of Earth Day, the three winners have been revealed, recognizing their compelling images about mercury pollution, the environment, and the people working towards eliminating mercury.
Bangladesh becomes the 141st party to the Minamata Convention
On 18 April 2023, Bangladesh deposited its instrument of ratification successfully, becoming as a result the 141st party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
#WikiForHumanRights Launch Webinar: Focus on pollution
On 18 April, Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz participates in the panel discussion hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNEP.
World scientists publish Global Mercury Synthesis Papers
Top scientists published a series of synthesis papers on the global impact of mercury pollution.
About the Minamata Convention
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is the most recent global agreement on environment and health, adopted in 2013. It is named after the bay in Japan where, in the mid-20th century, mercury-tainted industrial wastewater poisoned thousands of people, leading to severe health damage that became known as the "Minamata disease."
Since it entered into force on 16 August 2017, Parties have been working together to control the mercury supply and trade, reduce the use, emission and release of mercury, raise public awareness, and build the necessary institutional capacity to #MakeMercuryHistory