September 24-29 — Geneva, Switzerland
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is the first global agreement specifically designed to address contamination from a heavy metal. The 50-ratification milestone required for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force was reached on 18 May 2017. As a result, on 16 August 2017, the Convention became legally binding for all its Parties.
BRI attended the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1), which took place from 24 to 29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
As experts in the field of mercury science, BRI researchers were invited by U.S. government officials to participate as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) during the negotiating process of the Convention. The meetings of the International Negotiating Committee (INC) that preceded and have continued since the adoption of the Convention include delegates from more than 140 countries and numerous NGOs interested in reducing mercury pollution. BRI has participated in five of the first seven INC meetings, and will be attending the COP1 in September 2017.
BRI serves as co-lead of the UN Environment’s Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research partnership area. As a co-lead BRI is assisting with development of a globally coordinated mercury monitoring and observation system. In addition, BRI is assisting three UN agencies to implement Minamata Convention Initial Assessment (MIA) activities in many countries, as (1) an Executing Agency with UNIDO, (2) an International Technical Expert with UNDP, and (3) an International Technical Expert with UN Environment. These MIA activities are designed to assist countries with developing strategies for ratifying and ultimately implementing the Convention.
BRI has produced booklets, brochures, and posters that synthesize biotic mercury data as well as results from several Minamata Initial Assessments. Copies of these BRI publications were available at our COP1 booth, or click below to view a PDF.
Science Communications Booklets
The following short videos were shown at COP1 and provide a brief history of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and its global impact.
Minamata Convention Curtain Raiser Video
Minamata Convention Timeline Video
Make Mercury History Trailer
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