The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) has been working to promote protection of the global environment in developing countries since it was established by the French government in 1994. These activities are also in line with the strategic decisions of the inter-ministerial committee for international cooperation and development (CICID) that concern the following sectors: development, energy and climate, water, desertification, environment.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, is a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues. The GEF funding also helps reduce poverty, strengthen governance and achieve greater equality between women and men. As such, they occupy a unique space in the global partnership for a more sustainable planet.

Switzerland has supported the development of the Minamata Convention on Mercury with financial and other resources. It continues its support after the entry into force of the legally binding instrument through its contribution to the Mercury Programme of UNIDO and Swiss development cooperation work in the gold mining sector.

Adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) in 2006 in Dubai, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM overall objective is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

Private Sector Partners

Argor-Heraeus is one of the world’s largest processors of precious metals.With headquarters in Mendrisio, Switzerland, they refine gold, silver, platinum and palladium; transform finished and semi-finished products for banks and for the electronics, chemical, watch, and jewellery industries and provide support services for precious metals trading.

Nomura Kohsan is a Japanese company responsible for the collection, transportation and disposal of municipal and industrial waste. Furthermore, Nomura Kohsan has embarked on new international engagements: they have formally joined two areas of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and have also signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with UNIDO.


The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is an independent, global-scale, pioneering initiative established in 2004 to enhance equity and wellbeing in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities through improved social, environmental and labour practices, good governance and the implementation of ecosystem restoration practices.

The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) is a not-for-profit organization based out of Victoria, BC, Canada dedicated to the sustainable development of ASGM communities in the developing world. Their philosophy is to work directly with ASGM communities and local experts to find practical solutions that address the unique circumstances that exist in different locations around the world.

Ban Toxics is an independent non-government environmental organization that works for the advancement of environmental justice, health and sustainable development in the area of chemicals and wastes, with a special focus on women, children and other marginalized sectors.

The Biodiversity Research Institute’s (BRI) mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

The main activity of MAYASA is focused on the promotion of industrial, touristic and cultural projects and implementation initiatives for the development of research projects and new technologies related to mercury and other potentially toxic metals. It also performs farming and stockbreeding activities carried out in its country estates, well as restoration and maintenance activities on the Company’s historical heritage, and effort aimed at restoring the surrounding environment.

NRDC is working with governments and the United Nations to implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty that will reduce the trade, use, and emissions of toxic mercury worldwide.

United Nations Institute for Training and Research is a training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education and training of public policy officials.  UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in con

The United States Department of State (DOS), often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department that advises the President and leads the country in foreign policy issues. Equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries, the State Department is responsible for the international relations of the United States, negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and represents the United States at the United Nations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO Secretariat staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.