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Images: Minamata Convention on Mercury’s COP1

Over 150 countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland from September 24 to 29, 2017 on the occasion of the First Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1), ostensibly  to mark a major milestone in their efforts to fight mercury pollution.

Considered one of the most dangerous chemicals to human health and the environment, mercury is a neurotoxin with a global reach.

The Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which entered in to force on August 16, 2017, explored ways to implement the new global treaty, which includes:

  • banning new mercury mines and phasing-out existing ones;
  • regulating the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining, certain industrial processes and the production of everyday items such as certain compact fluorescent lamps, batteries and teeth fillings; as well as
  • controlling the emissions of mercury as a by-product from a range of industrial sectors – including coal combustion.
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Representatives of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, and the Latin American, Asian and African Centers for Environmental Health present Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, Committee of the Whole Chair, with a “Public Official of the Year 2017” award to honour his leadership in the creation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
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Ministerial family photo
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Hiroshi Nishida, Mayor of Minamata City, is welcomed to plenary
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Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, is welcomed onto the podium after being elected COP1 President
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Delegates huddle in the final hours of negotiation

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