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Minimata Convention on Mercury
24 Sep 2015 -  This Special High-Level Event will provide important momentum to accelerate entry into force and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the first new global Convention on environment and health in close to a decade. The negotiation process was chaired by Uruguay and concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. The Convention, which aims to protect the human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds, was adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on 10 October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan. In Kumamoto countries as well welcomed the Swiss offer to host the first Conference of the Parties. The Convention will enter into force ninety days after 50 States deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession. To date, 127 countries and the European Union have signed the Convention and 12 countries have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession, with the United States of America the first country to do so.
With a view to ensuring early entry into force and effective implementation of the Convention through full membership, those Member States in a position to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession to the Convention are hereby invited to do so at this Event. This Special High-Level Event on the Minamata Convention will include a ceremony for the deposit of such instruments as well as an opportunity to exchange views among high-level representatives of Member States present at the occasion of the General Assembly.
Event organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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