Chemicals and waste

Global Mercury Partnership

The overall goal of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is to protect human health and the global environment from the release of mercury and its compounds by minimizing and, where feasible, ultimately eliminating global, anthropogenic mercury releases to air, water and land. The Partnership works closely with stakeholders to assist in the timely ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Governments initiated partnership activities at Governing Council 23 and have subsequently strengthened the role of partnerships to effectively manage mercury activities. Governing Council 25/5 specified the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership as one of the main mechanisms for the delivery of immediate actions on mercury during the negotiation of the global mercury convention.

The Partnership currently has eight identified priorities for action - or partnership areas - that are reflective of the major source of mercury releases categories.

Work is also conducted in a cross-cutting manner, currently on mercury from oil and gas and from non-ferrous metals mining and smelting.

The Overarching Framework of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership establishes a Partnership Advisory Group to encourage the work of the partnership areas.

The UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership consists of stakeholders from governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia who are dedicated to reducing mercury pollution and protecting human health and the environment from the impacts of mercury. Initiated in 2005 by a decision of the UN Environment Governing Council, the Partnership plays an important role in catalyzing global action on mercury and offering information, capacity-building, and awareness-raising in support of implementation of the Minamata Convention.

The Partnership consists of eight areas. These areas represent sectors that use mercury or process raw materials that contain mercury, as well as key themes in mercury management and science. Learn more about the work of the Partnership areas by exploring their dedicated web pages as well as the Resources and Events pages of this site.