First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

24–29 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury took place on 24–29 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. This culminated in a high-level segment hosted by the President of the Swiss Confederation, entitled “Make mercury history”, to celebrate the commitment of the international community to the Minamata Convention.

The week began with thematic day sessions on “Land”, “Air” and “Water”, each of which delved deeper into mercury emissions and releases; transport of mercury between land, air and water; and the potential for exposure to humans, fish and animal life throughout this journey. The sessions looked at how coordinated implementation of the obligations of the Convention will address the risks of mercury to human health and the environment.