Towards Early Ratification and Implementation of the Minamata Convention Print
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:45

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in October 2013, in Minamata/Kumamoto, Japan. The progress concernign the signatures and ratifications of the treaty can be followed at the specially created website -

During this interim period, until the treaty enters into force, the Zero Mercury Working Group has been following developments and participated at all relevant meetings. The work, preparations and all documents ZMWG developed and contributed to the meetings can be found below:


Minamata Convention on Mercury - Ratification and Implementation Manual, January 2015

- Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio-Manual de ratificacion y aplicacion, March 2015

- ZMWG Action Challenge Interim Report, 27 October 2014

- NRDC has created a website intended as a resource for developing countries, NGOs and other stakeholders to assist in Convention ratification and implementation activities.  This website can be found at

UNEP Treaty Ratification Workshops  (2014-2015): A small scale funding agreement was signed by the European Environmental Bureau (on behalf of ZMWG) and UNEP Chemicals branch to assist with a series of treaty ratification workshops. Theses workshops were designed to assist countries in the process towards ratification and early implementation of their obligations under the Convention. More information can be found here.


UNEP Hg INC 6, 3-7 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand