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Introduction of ICMGP
The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), has been running every 2-3 years since the first meeting in Gävle, Sweden in 1990. The conference has provided a forum for researchers and policy makers to explore important advances in mercury research and to facilitate internal and international collaborations. Recent meetings have attracted many hundreds to over a thousand conferees for a five day conference and exhibition.
In Relation with the Minamata Convention on Mercury
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Geneva, Switzerland on January 19, 2013 and finally adopted in Diplomatic Conference in Kumamoto, Japan on October 10, 2013.
The major highlights of the Minamata Convention on Mercury include a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones, control measures on air emissions, and the international regulation of the informal sector for artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.
ICMGP 2015, the first Conference after the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and will be the crucial platform to provide timely opportunity for information sharing and discussion on challenges ahead to implement the Convention. ICMGP 2015 will be accompanied by the Conference Workshops and public outreach activities to help bridge the gap between those that know and those that need to know.
History of ICMGP