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Welcome

The newly established Minamata Convention on Mercury (MCM) is an important intergovernmental legal treaty to reduce and manage mercury releases to the environment.

The role and overarching goal of the MCM is to protect the environment and human health from anthropogenic mercury releases. To bring together policy advisors, decisions makers, scientists and end users to accelerate communication and efforts to address this important pollution problem at an international and global scale.

After a period of global action, we are now developing a mercury science and policy workshop ahead of the upcoming 2018 MCM Conference of Parties (COP-2) being held in Geneva, Switzerland during the third week of November 2018 at University of Geneva. The focus of this one-day workshop will be to bring together scientists, policymakers, public health specialists and programme officers from the United Nations to discuss the nexus of science, policy and action, with an emphasis on developing implementation support for effective evaluation and contributions of the MCM.

The workshop is free of cost and will be designed to engage 50 people comprising political representatives, end users, and resource managers and informed by a small number of contaminant scientists and policymakers who will provide an overview of the current global state of science, biomonitoring, education and policy of mercury pollution.

The workshop will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 November 2018. Location: University of Geneva Room  M R160  at Uni-Mai, Bd du Pont d'Arve 40, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland.

We formally invite you to this workshop.  Please register early as the event is free and space is limited to 50 participants.  The workshop is co-sponsored by Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Geneva in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Thank you for your interest. Feel free to send questions to the workshop chairperson, Dr. Michael S. Bank.