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Submissions: Minamata Convention on Mercury

05 December 2013

Media release – Select Committee Office

International treaty examination of the Minamata Convention on Mercury


Public submissions are being invited on this treaty. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 21 January 2014.

The convention’s purpose is to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic (man-made) releases of mercury and mercury compounds. The convention controls anthropogenic mercury releases in a number of different ways. It bans primary mercury mining, requires permits for trade in pure mercury, and regulates specific mercury products, processes, and releases to air, land and water. The convention also targets artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and includes provisions on mercury stocks, storage, and contaminated sites.

Submissions should be forwarded by the due date, either online using our website (www.parliament.nz) or in writing to the address below. If a submitter wishes to appear before the committee, they need to state this clearly and provide a name, daytime phone number and email address. Submissions generally become public and are published on our website. For further guidance on making a submission, read our publication Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee on our website or contact us at
04 817 9520.

Address for correspondence: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, Parliament Buildings, WELLINGTON 6160.


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