- April 22, 2022
10+ takeaways from the Minamata Convention on Mercury COP4
Mercury is a dangerous substance and its use in products and processes can be a danger to human health and the environment. It is listed among the 10 chemicals of major public health concern by the World Health Organisation. The Minamata Convention on Mercury has been ratified by 137 Parties who make key decisions towards controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its life cycle into the environment. The fourth Minamata Convention Conference of Parties (COP 4) was held on 21-25 March 2022, in Bali, Indonesia.
The EEB was an observer to the conference, as they are a founding member and co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) since 2005. The ZMWG is an international coalition, comprised of 110 organisations from over 55 countries around the world.
Here are 10 takeaways from the COP and the ZMWG’s views on the decisions.
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