THE MINAMATA CONVENTION
Supporting Policy Change
Governments, Industry, and Consumers Stand in Unity
The Clean Gold Campaign supports the Minamata Convention, an UN global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Artisanal and small scale gold mining(ASGM), which in most cases uses mercury in the process, is found in 80 countries, including every country in the Amazon. The ASGM sector is the world’s single largest source of man-made mercury emissions, releasing as much as 1,000 tonnes of mercury (almost 40 per cent of the global total) into the atmosphere every year.
Mercury is one of the most toxic and long lasting elements on earth.
Amazon Aid and the Clean Gold Campaign stands in solidarity with the MInamata Convention to ban new mercury mines, phase out of existing ones, and phase down mercury use in products and processes, control measures on emissions to land and water, and the regulation of the informal sector of ASGM. Amazon Aid also supports the Convention as it addresses interim storage of mercury and its disposal, as well as health issues related to toxic mercury exposure. To date 128 Countries have signed the Treaty with 123 countries ratifying with full Congressional approval.
Amazon Aid will use a multi-tiered systemic approach, that includes engaging stakeholders through the River of Gold project and Clean Gold Campaign to educate and advocate for all governments to sign and ratify the Minamata Convention. We will work together with UNEP, other UN and international agencies, NGOs, influencers, and the public in general to engage with this effort. Our award-winning media and films have already been used to support the Convention, reaching leaders and upstanders in Amazonia countries, including Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname to specifically push for the ratification of this critical treaty to help eradicate the use of mercury worldwide.