About the symposium

This symposium will address how science, biomonitoring and policy can be integrated for the successful implementation of the UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury. The SESSS is designed as a capacity building event with the goal to bring together different stakeholders to develop methods and application of these methods to the UNEP Minamata Convention and to discuss current and future research needs. Given the breadth of the Minamata Convention, we plan to focus the symposium on selected aspects that will require the most immediate and broad attention from signatory countries upon the ratification and entry into action of the Convention. Special attention will be dedicated to the current provision of EU legislation with regard to Mercury management and risk assessment. 

The symposium will address the following themes:
  • Identification of research and practical needs to develop global, regional and local networks for monitoring Hg emissions and releases
  • Harmonization of different local, regional and global policies for Hg management for contaminated sites (i.e., definition of adequate reference toxicity values)
  • Accelerate transfer of cutting edge global scale research and monitoring into implementation of the Convention
  • Environmental and Public Health
  • Assess and evaluate progress on global data management, storage and access and retrieval (UNEP LIVE and GMOS Platforms)

This symposium will be important for the effective management of Mercury releases to the environment and to develop regulatory initiatives for successful implementation of the Minamata Convention.