The Minimata Convention on Mercury will enter into force for Armenia starting from 13 March 2018. Armenia ratified the Minimata Convention on Mercury on 19 October 2017 with its law ՀՕ-130-Ն. As Information and Public Relations Department of RA Nature Protection Ministry informs, Armenia is the 85th country to ratify the Minimata Convention. On 13 December the ratification of the Minamata Convention was given to the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the Depositary of this Convention.
The objective of the convention is to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
It should be mentioned that the main sources of mercury pollution in Armenia are mining, coal-operated TPPs, production of light bulbs and production of cement. Mercury is a persistent pollutant and those having been polluted with mercury suffer from brain-neurological injuries and other health problems.
16:30 December 26, 2017