GENEVA, 27 November 2019 - On Wednesday 27th November, during the COP3 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, UNIDO and UNEP organized a side event presenting the global status and progress of the National Action Plans and sharing challenges and possible solutions among participants with the collaboration of the governments of Ecuador and Uganda, the Artisanal Gold Council and WHO.
The development of the National Action Plans (NAPs) for the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector (ASGM) is an obligation under Article 7 of the Minamata Convention for each Party that determines that ASGM in its territory is more than insignificant. By recognizing that the sector is closely linked to complex economic, social and environmental issues, the Convention allows flexible, country-specific solutions through the development of NAPs to reduce and where feasible eliminate mercury use in ASGM. Until today, there are 35 countries that have embarked on the development of these Plans. Several of them have already completed or are about to endorse and submit their NAPs to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.
The side event presented the global status and progress made on the NAP development until today. Uganda, Ecuador, the Artisanal Gold Council and WHO shared their lessons learned and offered practical advices in developing the Plans. The experiences, lessons learned and recommendations from the audience, including other countries undertaking NAPs and technical experts, were gathered and shared using an online polling tool.
Photos: Minamata Convention - Kiara Worth.