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Minamata Convention on Mercury
The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted on 10 October 2013 and will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by 50 nations. The overarching objective of the Convention is to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Major highlights of the Minamata Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones, the phase out and phase down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and the regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.