October 11, 2013 at 12:00 am
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed to at the fifth and final session of the International Negotiating Committee in Geneva on 19 January 2013 and signed by members on 11 October 2013. It will come into force when it has been ratified by 50 members. South Africa has not yet ratified this convention.
South Africa is a signatory to this treaty. Read Minister Edna Molewa’s statement at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Miamata Convention on Mercury.