Minamata Convention on Mercury

October 9, 2013 to October 11, 2013

In order to prevent global environmental pollution and health damage caused by mercury, a new convention named "Minamata Convention on Mercury" was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5) held in Geneva, Switzerland on January 19, 2013. The Convention will be adopted and open for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (Diplomatic Conference) to be held in  Kumamoto, Japan from 9 to 11 October 2013.

This Convention was preceded by an open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting from 7 to 8 October 2013.

Almost from its inception, the Global Environment Facility has been supporting significant efforts to address the challenges of managing and eliminating the use of mercury, in a number of key sectors including the health sector and the artisanal and small scale gold mining sector. On January 19, 2013, the fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee selected the GEF to fund the implementation of a new international treaty committed to the reduction and eventual elimination of mercury contamination: The Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Serving as financial mechanism for the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will actively participate in the Diplomatic Conference on the Minamata Convention on Mercury.



GEF Ministerial-Level Side Event:

Financial Support for the Developing World to Take Actions

10 October 2013, 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Amakusa A, Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan




Welcome and Opening by Moderator

Dr. Robert K. Dixon, Head of Climate and Chemicals Team, GEF


GEF’s support for early action pre-ratification for the Convention

Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF

Dr. Ishii will provide an overview of GEF’s on-going mercury projects and present GEF’s support for early action for the Convention during the interim period and beyond.


Panel discussion on financial support for the Convention (Facilitator: Dr. Robert K. Dixon, GEF)


Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of the Environment, Japan

Mr. Luís Almagro Lemes, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay

Mr. Mahamane El Hadji Toure, Ambassador, Mali

UNEP Executive Director, Mr. Achim Steiner

GEF CEO and Chairman, Dr. Naoko Ishii

Discussion (40 minutes)

To begin the discussions, ministers and UNEP Executive Director will make a brief statement (5 minutes for each), responding to key questions. Panelists will hold a strategic discussion on financial support and to identify concerted actions in order to set the Convention in motion.




GEF Delegates at the Convention 

  • Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
  • Robert Dixon, Team Leader, Climate Change and Chemicals
  • Hiroaki Takiguchi, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Climate Change and Chemicals
  • Ibrahima Sow, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Chemicals
  • Anil Sookdeo, Environmental Specialist, Chemicals



 "Mercury and the GEF" Brochure


This brochure outlines current GEF activities in reducing mercury contamination and points the way to stepped up efforts under the new Minamata Convention on Mercury.







The Greenline: "Mercury and the GEF"

(October 2013 issue)

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On the occasion of the Diplomatic Conference on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, this issue of the GEF's online magazine - The Greenline - focuses on GEF-5 mercury strategy and pre-ratification program, GEF's investment in mercury projects worldwide, and GEF's future in mercury. It also highlights two case studies in Peru and Tanzania with great stories, photos and videos.