UNEP Minamata Convention

New UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on Mercury – the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global, legally binding treaty which opened for signature today – was agreed to by governments in January and formally adopted as international law today.

The new treaty is the first new global convention on environment and health for close to a decade. Coming at a time when some multilateral negotiations have faced challenges, its successful negotiation, after a four-year process, provides a new momentum to intergovernmental cooperation on the environment.

See here for the UNEP press release.

The European Union has signed the new Minamata Convention – here is the EU Memo – Questions and Answers on EU Mercury Policy.

Here is the UNEP Mercury Convention website.