30 Oct 2023
13:15–14:45

Lieu: CICG

Organisation: Convention de Minamata

As the Minamata Convention on Mercury enters its second decade, experts are buoyed by the progress of recent years. Various activities have been planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Convention and its achievements, including this special event featuring diverse voices.

About this Event

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury, was adopted ten years ago and signed by over 140 countries at its diplomatic conference in Kumamoto, Japan. Since its inception, the Minamata Convention has made significant strides in addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by mercury pollution, while promoting international cooperation and sustainable practices.

Through an interactive roundtable, this event shared the views of relevant stakeholders who provided insights into the Convention’s progress over ten years, aiming to bring both remembrance and hope, with a focus on the human aspect. It will feature diverse voices, including representatives from Parties, NGOs, financial mechanism, Indigenous Peoples, and artists engaged in environmental causes, inviting them to reflect on what the Convention means to them.

The event also presented the “Make Mercury History” photo exhibition installed at CICG, adding a visual dimension to the commemoration.

Speakers

By order of intervention.

Monika STANKIEWICZ

Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention Secretariat

H.E. Amb. Fernando LUGRIS

Ambassador of Uruguay to China and Mongolia | Mercury INC Chair

Roger BARO

Minister of Environment, Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso

Chizuru AOKI

Lead Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility

Rochelle DIVER

International Indian Treaty Council

Elena LYMBERIDI-SETTIMO

Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau | International Co-coordinator, Zero Mercury Working Group

Andrew LEVITAS

Filmmaker and Professor

Anna GARCÍA SANS

Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Minamata Convention Secretariat

Elisabetta ZAVOLI

Winner of the #MakeMercuryHistory Photo Contest, Under the Mercury Pollution Category

Claudia DUMITRU

Minamata Convention COP-5 President, Romania

Arnold KREILHUBER

Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme | Moderator

Highlights

Video

Live on Facebook

Gallery

Photos from the Minamata COP-5, including of this event, are available on the official Minamata Convention Flickr account.

Documents

Presentations made during the event

Links