Health & Chemicals

Minamata Convention on Mercury

Ministry of the Environment, Japan

In order to prevent global environmental pollution and health damage caused by mercury, a new convention named "Minamata Convention on Mercury" was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5) held in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2013. The Convention will be adopted and open for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (Diplomatic Conference) to be held in October in Japan.

See the text of the Convention...UNEP (Link)

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the "Minamata Convention on Mercury"

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the "Minamata Convention on Mercury" will be held in Minamata and Kumamoto in Japan from 9 to 11 October 2013 and will be preceded by intergovernmental preparatory meeting from 7 to 8 October 2013.

See more...UNEP (Link)

Information for participants

Further information will be provided at a later stage.

Learning the history of and lessons from Minamata Disease

"Minamata Disease", a serious health damage and environmental destruction, was caused by improper management of mercury and delayed appropriate measures. Ministry of the Environment of Japan published a booklet "Lessons from Minamata Disease and Mercury Management in Japan" to share the lessons learned from Minamata Disease and the knowledge on mercury management in Japan with other countries. Six UN languages versions are now available.

An updated version will be made available at the Diplomatic Conference.

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