The UNEP Governing Council has agreed to the development and implementation of partnerships as one approach to reducing the risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds to the environment, and urges Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector to develop and implement such partnerships, in a clear, transparent and accountable manner. This web page will keep you updated on progress gained by Governments and other stakeholders in implementing such partnerships.

Based on needs identified and suggestions made by countries, the main partnership areas and associated objectives currently identified include:

Mercury Management in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining  The objectives are to work with mining communities to develop and implement options to reduce mercury use and exposure as well as to deploy improved mercury management techniques and improve access to best practices targeted toward community based organizations.

Mercury Control from Coal Combustion The objectives are to share information on and increase understanding of the contribution of mercury emissions from the power sector; options for control strategies, including existing multi-pollutant approaches to reducing mercury emissions; and the cost-effectiveness of newly emerging mercury and multi-pollutant technology.

Mercury Reduction in the Chlor-alkali Sector The objective is to move towards better practices as appropriate for this sector, exploring the entire range of mercury management options from implementing best practices for existing mercury cells to replacing mercury cells with non-mercury options.

Mercury Reduction in Products - Key product areas identified under this partnership area include: batteries, dental amalgams, measuring and control (largely medical sector), electric and electronic switches, fluorescent lamps, cosmetics. The objective is to reduce or eliminate mercury in products where effective and cost-efficient substitutes exist as well as reduce releases during manufacturing, industrial processes and disposal.

Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research The objective is to improve global understanding of international mercury emissions sources, fate and transport.



UNEP is currently consulting with governments and stakeholders on strengthening of the UNEP Mercury Partnership Programme as mandated under UNEP Governing Council Decision 24/3/27. 


The process of establishing partnerships and country input can be accessed here.