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Poland, Iraq, Zimbabwe ratify Minamata Convention

Poland, Iraq and Zimbabwe are latest countries to become members of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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

Poland on September 30, 2021deposited its instrument of ratification to becoming the 135th Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Iraq did likewise on September 16, 2021, becoming as a result the 134th Party to the Convention.

On August 19, 2021, Zimbabwe had deposited its instrument of ratification successfully, becoming as a result the 133rd Party to the Minamata Convention.

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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