Mercury Waste Management Event will take place on Tuesday 9 May 2023 – 13:15-14:45 CEST and it will address the challenges faced by developing countries in managing and disposing of mercury waste in an environmentally sound manner. Speakers will present recent developments on mercury waste including the mercury waste thresholds under the Minamata Convention and the update to the technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management under the Basel Convention, and discuss ways to overcome the capacity gap that developing countries face.

This event will take place in a hybrid format, both in-person and virtually. In-person participation is open to the registered participants to the BRS COPs. Online participation is open to all. It will be broadcasted on WebEx.


Opening remarks:

  • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention
  • Roger Baro, Burkina Faso
  • Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Executive Secretary of the BRS Conventions
  • Felix Wertli, Switzerland
  • Misuzu Asari, Global Mercury Partnership

Mercury waste thresholds – report from the expert group under the Minamata Convention

  • Eisaku Toda, Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Technical Guidelines for Environmentally Sound Management

  • Kaoru Oka, former member of the Small Intersessional Working Group on mercury waste (online)

Fact sheets on Mercury Waste Management

  • Nicolas Humez, UNEP Global Mercury Partnership

Mercury waste management in developing countries – Challenges and Best Practices

  • Pierre Hennebert, France (online)
  • Roger Baro, Burkina Faso
  • Christopher Kanema, Zambia
  • Shahriar Hossein, Environment and Social Development Organization
  • Rachel Kamande, Global Campaign Lead – Clean Lighting Coalition

Panel discussion Moderated by Eisaku Toda