When
Where

CICG Room 3

Organizer

UNEP - UNIDO

UNIDO SIDE EVENT AT COP3: DEFINING THE ROAD AHEAD: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE NATIONAL ACTION PLANS ON ASGM

Development of National Action Plans (NAPs) for artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is an obligation under Article 7 of the Minamata Convention for each Party that determines that mercury use in ASGM in its territory is “more than insignificant”. Recognizing that the ASGM sector is closely linked to complex economic, social and environmental issues, the Convention allows flexible, country-specific solutions through the development of NAP to reduce and where feasible eliminate mercury use in the ASGM sector. Till date, 35 countries have embarked on the development of a NAP. Several of them have already completed or are about to endorse and submit their NAP to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.

The side event will present the global status and progress made on the National Action Plans on mercury in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining development. It will further highlight the challenges that national teams have encountered during such process and discuss possible solutions to overcome them, including with respect to the future NAP implementation.

The event will be organized around key issues and strategies of NAPs, for example: i) developing a national overview of the ASGM sector, ii) developing formalization strategies, iii) developing public health strategy, and/or iv) managing mercury trade regionally. Further, it will feature a discussion on paving the road towards implementation, including with respect to mobilizing financial resources, leveraging political will and inter-ministerial coordination. Tools and expertise available through Global Mercury Partnership for the NAP development and implementation will be presented.