13:15 - 14:45 CET, Geneva, Switzerland: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury, was adopted ten years ago and signed by over 140 countries at its diplomatic conference in Kumamoto, Japan. Since its inception, the Minamata Convention has made significant strides in addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by mercury pollution, while promoting international cooperation and sustainable practices.
Through an interactive roundtable, this event will share the views of relevant stakeholders who will provide insights into the Convention's progress over ten years, aiming to bring both remembrance and hope, with a focus on the human aspect. It will feature diverse voices, including representatives from Parties, NGOs, financial mechanism, Indigenous Peoples, and artists engaged in environmental causes, inviting them to reflect on what the Convention means to them.
The event also presents the "Make Mercury History" photo exhibition installed at CICG, adding a visual dimension to the commemoration.
Streamed by Geneva Environment Network
- Arnold Kreilhuber, Regional Director and Representative, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP
- Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention Secretariat
- Fernando Lugris, Ambassador of Uruguay to China and Mongolia and former president of INC 1
- Roger Baro, Minister of Environment, Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso
- Chizuru Aoki, Lead Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility
- Rochelle Diver, International Indian Treaty Council
- Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, International Co-coordinator, Zero Mercury Working Group
- Andrew Levitas, filmmaker and professor
- Anna García Sans, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Minamata Convention Secretariat
- Elisabetta Zavoli, winner of the #MakeMercuryHistory Photo Contest, under the mercury pollution category
- Claudia Dumitru, Minamata Convention COP-5 President, Romania
Video recording of the event below