UNEP Hg Diplomatic Conference, 7-11 October 2013, Kumamoto-Minamata, Japan Print
Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:17

UNEP Hg Diplomatic Conference, 7-11 October 2013, Kumamoto-Minamata, Japan


All UNEP relevant documents and details about the meeting can be found at the UNEP website:



In preparation for the meeting the ZMWG has released a global report -

Assessing hair mercury levels of women of childbearing age in 9 countries: A civil society pilot project 

The report was released on:

1 October 2013 in Europe
In advance of mercury treaty adoption, Hair testing shows link between fish consumption and higher mercury exposure

and on

2 October 2013, in Japan and worldwide -
In advance of treaty adoption, hair testing shows worldwide exposure to mercury


The ZMWG organised a side event on 7 October 2013. Around 80 delegates attended.

ZMWG side event:50 by 2015- Make it Happen!. New Studies on Mercury Exposure risks and the ZMWG Action Challenge


While in Kumamoto, the treaty was signed by 92 countries -  see the new UNEP website on the Minamata Convention



At the end of the Diplomatic Conference, the ZMWG coordinator delivered the closing statement.