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Minimizing Mercury Use and Exposure…

Minamata Convention on Mercury.

In 2009, governments agreed to start intergovernmental treaty negotiations with the aim of preparing a global, legally binding mercury-control treaty in recognition of the harms to human health and the environment caused by mercury exposure.
After three years of negotiations, The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted governments in October 2013 at a diplomatic conference in Kumamoto, Japan.

The objective of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is “to protect the human health and the environment from anthropogenic releases of mercury and mercury compounds”.
The use of mercury in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) has been recognized as one of the largest sources of atmospheric mercury pollution in the world today and the mercury treaty includes provisions to assess and minimize the use of mercury in ASGM. Article 7 of the treaty relates to ASGM.

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