Zambia recently held its National Inception Workshop on the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Project in Zambia

19 February 2014, Lusaka, Zambia – Zambia recently held its National Inception Workshop under the project “… for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury”. The workshop was the first in a series of national workshops aimed at supporting countries and facilitating decision-making and actions concerning the ratification and early implementation of the Convention.

The Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Honourable Harry Kalaba, provided opening remarks at the Inception Workshop

and outlined Zambia’s position on the ratification of the Minamata Convention. The workshop was attended by 27 participants from government, NGOS, academia and the private sector.

The workshop participants agreed that early actions on the ratification and implementation of the Minamata Convention were important for the country to protect human health and the environment and also to guard against potential dumping of mercury-containing articles. The participants also developed and agreed on the structure and contents of a related Cabinet memo, ratification roadmap, and priority list for Convention implementation in Zambia.

This project is executed nationally by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), with technical support provided by UNITAR and financial support provided by the Government of Switzerland.

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Photo: National Stakeholders at Inception Workshop with Honorable Kalaba in the centre.