The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and its Area of work on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining organized on Thursday 17 June 2021,  an online webinar to discuss gender mainstreaming into National Action Plans (NAPs).

The event presented an overview of gender aspects related to ASGM, explored challenges of integrating gender dimensions into the ASGM sector, shared information and discussed recommendations and best practices for considering gender when developing and implementing ASGM NAPs to meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Article 7, Annex C).


Opening remarks and scene-setting (3:00 pm – 3:10 pm)

  • Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Director of Hazardous Substance Sub-division, Waste and Hazardous Substance Management Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Co-chair of the Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group
  • Susan Keane, Senior Director, Global Advocacy International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Co-lead of the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Partnership Area
  • Lara Ognibene, Legal Programme officer, Minamata Convention Secretariat

Overview of Guidance and tools for mainstreaming Gender dimensions into National Action Plans (3:10 pm – 3:45 pm)

  • Gender Dimensions into National Action Plans and Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining sector, Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting, Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand and Patience Singo, Mining and Environment Associate, Mutemeri Consulting
  • Introduction to the UNEP Quick Start Guide on integrating gender into NAPs, Malgorzata Stylo, Associate Programme Management Officer, Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP
  • Questions and Answers Session

Experiences sharing and lessons learned from countries  (3:45 pm – 4:25 pm)

  • Gender in NAP project design, process, and implementation in Guyana, Mariscia Charles, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana
  • Women’s empowerment in the ASGM sector in Uganda, Anne Nakafeero, Senior District Support Officer, National Environment Management Authority and Minamata Convention National Focal Point, Uganda
  • Gender mainstreaming in the access to health services in Chad, Chérif Sow, International Consultant on ASGM
  • Questions and Answers Session

Closure (4:25 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • Ludovic Bernaudat, Senior Task Manager, Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP, Co-lead of the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Partnership Area

The webinar will be moderated by Kenneth Davis, Programme Management Officer, Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP.