Thursday, October 18, 2018
Environment Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Alice Kaudia giving the PS remarks during the official opening of the workshop

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is engaging in the process of developing a roadmap for addressing mercury as per the Minamata convention, whose highlights include a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones, the phase out and phase down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and the regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Environment Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alice Kaudia, during the  inception workshop for the Mercury Initial Actions project workshop at the intercontinental hotel, Nairobi,  the PS noted that, the sectors that are at risk of utilizing mercury include environment, health, mining, industrialization, enterprise development, water, energy and agriculture, all who are important to the countries development agenda, hence the government will endeavor to ensure that, the best available technologies and best environmental practices to minimize mercury to the lowest levels are applied.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on mercury in Geneva, Switzerland and adopted later that year on 10 October 2013 at a Diplomatic Conference (Conference of Plenipotentiaries), held in Kumamoto, Japan.

The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the Convention.

Participants during the workshop in a memorable group photo
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