oa Clean Air Journal = Tydskrif vir Skoon Lug - Mercury emissions in South Africa - perspective from the Department of Environmental Affairs : commentary

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1017-1703



The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) recognises the need to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions of mercury. In 2003, various governments agreed on the need for global action on mercury based on its adverse health and environmental effects. Later, in 2009, they negotiated a legally-binding instrument on mercury and established the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC). Five INC negotiation sessions were held and in January 2013, the negotiations were finalised. The content of the convention, known as the Minamata convention, was adopted in October 2013 in Minamata, Japan and South Africa was a signatory of the convention.

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