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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:44

First Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1)

24-29 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.

All UN Environment relevant documents and details about the meeting can be found at : 


ZMWG  publications and position papers

ZMWG Views on COP 1 Decisions, September 2017, EN,  FR ES, RU

ZMWG Trade Fact Sheet, September 2017, EN, FR, ES, RU 

ZMWG/NRDC ASGM Trade Fact Sheet, September 2017, EN, FR, ES , RU 

UNEP brochure (co-drafted by MPP) - Lessons from countries phasing down dental amalgam use

ZMWG Statements @ COP1

Opening Statement, 24 September

Statement on Reporting of Mercury Supply and Trade, 25 September 2017 

Statement on Interim Storage, 25 September 2017

Statement on Waste, 26 September 2017 

Statement on Matters for Future Action Art 3, 26 September 2017

Statements on Matters for Future Action Art 14, 26 September 2017

 Closing Statement, 29 September 2017

Press releases

19 October 2017

ZMWG Blog - Summary  Minamata COP 1

26 September 2017

As new global mercury treaty enters into force, worldwide mercury production skyrockets, note Global NGO Coalition on World Environmental Health Day , FR

22 September 2017

New treaty effectiveness will depend on adequacy of data to be collected, say NGOs 

16 August 2017

New treaty's entry into force set to curtail global mercury crisis, say NGOs  ES, PT

Side events 

Furthermore EEB/ZMWG also participated to several side events during the COP1- namely at:

-          As part of the wider exhibition throughout the week, featuring the “Minamata Journey”, designed to step participants through a journey of the lifecycle of mercury and the Minamata Convention, a ZMWG exhibition booth was set up with the theme ‘Why should we take action?’ as per UN Environment request and a relevant poster was created. A second poster displayed trade data of mercury exports to countries with significant artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) activities. Many EEB/ZMWG publications were made available.

-          The Thematic Session on Land (EEB and JVE-Ivory Coast speakers) and the Thematic Session on Water (NRDC, ICC speaker); the outcomes of these discussions were forwarded to the Ministerial Roundtables held during the High-Level Segment as background to the Ministers’ discussions.

-          EEB was speaker/presented at a Show Case Event / GEF SGO Side event  ‘ Launch of Local to Global Coalitions on Chemicals , Waste and Mercury)

-          EEB/ZMWG- Agenda (Tanzania) and Friends of the Nation (Ghana)  also participated at a side event at the UNEP ASGM Partnership Booth presenting its experiences on how to conduct miners consultations. 

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