Pardee Center Faculty Fellow Henrik Selin traveled to Kumamoto and Minimata Japan Oct. 7 – 11 to attend the United Nations-sponsored conference that formally adopted the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The new mercury convention – the first global environmental convention to be concluded in 12 years – was signed by the European Union and 91 countries, launching its implementation. The Pardee Center is accredited formal NGO observer status with the mercury negotiations.
At the conference, Prof. Selin distributed his recent Pardee Center Issues In Brief paper on the future of mercury abatement. An expert on international environmental governance issues who has been closely following the treaty development and negotiations, he also moderated a Pardee House Seminar on the topic in Feburary 2013.