The Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global, legally binding treaty opened for signature on 10 October 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan.  Armenia was among the first countries to sign the historic new international convention to reduce emissions and releases of the toxic metal into air, land and water and to phase out many products that contain mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal that has some severe effects, both on human health and on the environment.

Accredited NGOs participated as observers in the INC5 sessions. AWHHE was part of the NGO group representing the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) and International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN).  

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