Session Title
The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership: A Platform for Engaging the Scientific Community to Support Effective Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
This session will briefly present the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and explore how it harnesses scientific and technical expertise to support effective implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and representatives from the partnership areas will present concrete activities or projects that contribute to specific needs of governments or other stakeholders to fulfil requirements of the Convention and reduce the harmful impacts of mercury on human health and the environment.
The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership was mandated to take immediate action to reduce mercury pollution in order to protect human health and the environment from the anthropogenic release of mercury and mercury compounds. Established in 2007, the Partnership provides scientific and technical information, produces guidance documents, and implements demonstration projects that contribute to Governments’ understanding on issues around mercury. The Partnership was therefore instrumental in providing scientific and technical input to the negotiators during the negotiations of the the Minamata Convention. While continuing to take immediate action to mitigate the risks brought about by mercury pollution, the Partnership will also continue to implement activities that will support governments in the effective implementation of the Minamata Convention. The goal of the session is to provide examples of how the Partnership has engaged the scientific community to support Convention implementation, and catalyze discussion on how the Partnership can continue to serve as a link between the scientific and policy communities. The session will consist of brief presentations followed by a panel style discussion among the presenters, with questions and comments by the audience.