Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Minamata Convention on Mercury Achieves Ratification: International Use and Mining of Mercury Targeted for Scale Down

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Source: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury (Convention), a global treaty aimed at scaling down mercury use and production developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), recently surpassed the 50-country threshold required for it to become legally binding for all of its parties.  This occurred on May 18, 2017, when the European Union (EU) and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Convention.  The United States ratified the Convention in 2013.  A full list of the parties is available here.  The Convention will now become legally binding on August 16, 2017
 
This memorandum includes a summary of the Convention and commentary on the effects of the coming entry into force of the Convention. 

Read the full memorandum online. 

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