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From the negotiation process to the Minamata Convention

The work to prepare the global legally binding instrument on mercury has been underway since2009, when the UNEP-GC recognised the need to develop a global treaty on mercury, by an intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC), which would be supported by the Chemicals Branch of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics as secretariat.

The mandate was to complete the negotiations before the 27th regular session of the UNEP-GC in 2013. This mandate has been met through five INC sessions which beganin June 2010 in Stockholm and ended in January 2013 in Geneva.

On the 19th of January 2013, Governments agreed on the global legally binding text on mercury, the “Minamata International Convention on Mercury”.

The text agreed in Geneva was open for signature at a Diplomatic Conference (Conference of Plenipotentiaries), which was held in Minamata and Kumamoto, Japan, from 9 to 11 October 2013.

Click here to visit the new Minamata Convention on Mercury website