Minamata Convention on Mercury – France’s participation in the first Conference of the Parties (Geneva, 24-29 September 2017)


The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty aimed at protecting human health and the environment against the adverse effects of mercury.

The measures it prescribes will help to prevent and reduce the pollution associated with mercury during all stages of its lifecycle, extraction and storage.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force in August; the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the convention took place from September 24 to 29 in Geneva.

France was heavily involved in negotiating this new binding multilateral agreement and ratified the convention in June 2017. It is now contributing to its implementation, notably through its development assistance and technical cooperation.