Youth Engagement

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is committed to protecting human health and the environment from toxic mercury. In its preamble, the Convention explicitly raises health concerns stemming from mercury exposure, particularly affecting groups in vulnerable situations in developing countries, including women and children. Annex C of the Convention further emphasizes this commitment by outlining strategies within the National Action Plans for Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM NAPs). These strategies aim to prevent the exposure of people, specifically focusing on children and women of child-bearing age, including pregnant women, to mercury use in ASGM.

Youth engagement

The Secretariat is developing tangible pathways for stronger youth engagement within the Minamata Convention on Mercury framework, including promoting youth initiatives that are part of the solution to tackle toxic mercury.

Youth Initiatives

Youth Dialogue - Japan


The Youth Dialogue (YD) is an initiative of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ). The programme started in 2022 to encourage a dialogue among youths from Minamata and other youths around the world to share their message and lessons learned about their experience with mercury and to learn from each other.

The Youth Dialogue was also designed to focus on mercury management and showcase independent projects that are lead and undertaken by the youth sector with a focus on Minamata Convention issues, and other cross-cutting issues including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Youths from Japan, Slovenia, Indonesia and the Philippines have participated so far in the Youth Dialogues. The Youth Dialogue is designed to continue on an annual basis.