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The United Nations Environment Programme Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research Partnership Area (UNEP F&T), led by the CNR - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research since 2006, has been one of the most active of the UNEP mercury partnerships and  has provided over the years a significant scientific contribution in the context of the UNEP Mercury Programme. A number of the partnership’s reports have been adopted by UNEP as a technical-scientific basis by the Open Ended Working Group, the technical Group established to determine the possible options during the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee that prepared the text of the International Minamata Convention on mercury. The reports were also adopted for use at sessions of the UNEP Governing Council (UNEP GC) meetings in 2005, 2007, 2009.

The activity of the CNRM’s Secretariat is based on the experience gained through the coordination within the UNEP F&T. Among the main objectives of the UNEP F&T are the development of scientific knowledge related to the global cycle of mercury and the processes of transport / transformation / deposition /fate which influence its cycling, and the sharing of such knowledge among scientists and between scientists and policy makers.

The Secretariat has a coordination role and gives its technical and scientific support within the following activities: 

  to contribute to the negotiating groups at European and International levels in the definition of (i) targets and national implementation Plans (NIP), (ii)  the procedures for implementation of the Minamata Convention, (iii) the mode of reporting of observational data and environmental health at the national and international levels; 

  to support the Leadership of the CNRM in institutional activities both at European and International levels, primarily UNEP and UNECE-LRTAP (Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe);

  to coordinate, as appropriate, its activities with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies or centers.

The Secretariat aims also to lead all coordination activities for the UNEP Fate & Transport partnership and to oversee the implementation of all actions necessary for a correct and effective dissemination of the activities conducted by the CNRM.


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CNR-Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA)
Area della Ricerca di Roma 1
V. Salaria Km 29,300, Monterotondo (RM)


  UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
  UNEP Fate and Transport Partnership
  Minamata Convention
  UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)