30 Oct 2023
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.
By order of intervention.
Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention Secretariat
H.E. Amb. Fernando LUGRIS
Ambassador of Uruguay to China and Mongolia | Mercury INC Chair
Minister of Environment, Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso
Lead Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility
International Indian Treaty Council
Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau | International Co-coordinator, Zero Mercury Working Group
Filmmaker and Professor
Anna GARCÍA SANS
Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Minamata Convention Secretariat
Winner of the #MakeMercuryHistory Photo Contest, Under the Mercury Pollution Category
Minamata Convention COP-5 President, Romania
Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme | Moderator
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Photos from the Minamata COP-5, including of this event, are available on the official Minamata Convention Flickr account.