Collaboration between Egypt and Yemen in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Collaboration between Egypt and Yemen in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

CAIRO, 28 March 2019 - The Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) validation workshop for Yemen took place from 25 until 28 March 2019 in Cairo.

A MIA project provides opportunities to undertake a mercury inventory and to determine and agree upon the measures the country will take to implement the Convention and its associated costs among other relevant information.

This Enabling Activity, signed in 2014, has been funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNIDO with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and UNITAR as executing agencies.

The purpose of the validation workshop was to validate the results of the MIA report and share the available information among the relevant stakeholders.

It was a singular event as the location chosen for its celebration –due to security circumstances in Yemen- provided an opportunity to develop synergies between the two countries.

The government of Egypt shared its experience and expertise in the preparation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury with their counterpart from Yemen including among others the following aspects: institutional reforms carried out in Egypt in order to implement the chemical and waste conventions (Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata) in a coordinated manner; the possibilities of cooperation with the Egyptian National Cleaner Production Center (ENCPC) related to specific hazardous chemicals; and the future steps to be addressed in the different sectors affected by mercury in Yemen.

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