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Cambodia, Burundi, Cameroon ratify Minamata Convention

Cambodia, Burundi and Cameroon in recent weeks ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Monika Stankiewicz
Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

On March 10, 2021, the Government of Cameroon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 128th Party to the Convention.

The Government of Burundi brought to 129 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention when on March 26, 2021 it deposited its instrument of ratification to the Convention’s Secretariat.

Similarly, on April 8, 2021, the Government of Cambodia deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 130th Party to the mercury convention.

As 127th Party, Italy became the first nation to join Minamata Convention in 2021 when on Tuesday, January 5, its Government deposited its instrument of ratification.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury (“Minamata Convention”) is an international environmental convention for global community to work collaboratively against mercury pollution. It aims at achieving environmentally sound mercury management throughout its life cycle.

The Convention was adopted at the diplomatic conferences held in Minamata City and Kumamoto City in October 2013.

The mercury accord entered into force on Thursday, May 18, 2017 after having garnered the required 50 ratifications.

Nigeria on Thursday, February 1, 2018 deposited its instrument of ratification to become the 88th Party to the Convention.

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