Mercury is a chemical element that is harmful to human health and the environment.
Many types of human activities have the potential to create mercury pollution. UN Environment is working with governments and other stakeholders to reduce mercury pollution and its negative impacts. UN Environment’s key activities on mercury are detailed on this page.
The Chemicals and Health Branch supports a range of activities on mercury, including: Minamata convention on mercury, Global mercury partnership, Global mercury assessment, GEF gold, Mercury inventory toolkit and Global mercury monitoring
The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) took place from 19 to 23 November 2018. COP3 will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 25 to 29 November 2019.