Minamata Convention on Mercury brings together parties to its first Conference in GenevaOct 2, 2017
Albania became a signatory to the Minamata Convention on 9 October 2014 and it has been also actively participating in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury.During the past 10 years the Government of Albania has been engaged in policy dialogues involving potential donors in prioritizing interventions to address the problematics of inherited industrial pollution.
Within the Minamata Initial Assessment Project, Albania through GEF and UNDP, intends determine the national requirements and needs for ratification of the Minamata Convention and establish a sound foundation to undertake future work towards the implementation of the Convention. A report identifying and assessing the existing relevant legislation and the capacity in the country to address the obligations of the Convention and in identifying shortcomings that need to be addressed before ratification is published.
The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Mercury COP1) took place from 24-29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017 with ratification by over 50 countries. Delegates attending COP1 considered a number of issues regarding matters stipulated: under the Convention, by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Minamata Convention, and by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee. These include, among others, matters related to mercury supply sources and trade, emissions, financial resources and mechanism, compliance and effectiveness evaluation.