DateOctober 30 - November 3, 2023
Geneva, Switzerland

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP5) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2023.

The GEF is part of the financial mechanism to the Minamata Convention.

See the story and video below to learn more about the Minamata Convention and the celebration of its 10 year anniversary on October 10.

Special Event

Mercury in cosmetics – more than what meets the eye

CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

This session, co-organized by the Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme, seeks to question the promotion and normalization of skin lightening and confront the perpetuation of harmful cultural norms.

Mercury Projects Map

map of mercury projects

Download this interactive map to view details on GEF-supported mercury projects.


The two largest programs receiving GEF support in the fight to safely and sustainably manage hazardous chemicals and waste are ISLANDS and planetGOLD.

ISLANDS: The Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States (ISLANDS) program is supporting 33 island nations in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Indian, and Pacific regions to improve chemicals and waste management.

planetGOLD: The planetGOLD program works in partnership with governments, the private sector, and artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities to significantly improve the production practices and work environment of artisanal and small-scale miners.


These Tableau dashboards on Minamata Initial Assessments and National Action Plans provide detailed data at the region and country levels.

Minamata Initial Assessments Mercury Inventories: This dashboard allows you to explore data from national mercury inventories made with the UNEP Toolkit as part of Minamata Initial Assessments. Data are aggregated by region and country names are hidden for confidentiality.

ASGM National Action Plans: Data from artisanal and small-scale gold mining National Action Plans completed for the Minamata Convention on Mercury.