The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury will take place in November 2025.
The Minamata Convention was adopted to address mercury, a heavy metal that is persistent in the environment. The Convention was adopted on 10 October 2013 and entered into force on 16 August 2017.
According to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report, COP-5 agreed to update Convention annexes to list phaseout dates for certain types of batteries, switches and relays, fluorescent lamps, and cosmetics, and to mandate the phaseout of mercury as a catalyst in polyurethane production by 2025. The COP adopted a decision on mercury waste thresholds and decisions to improve the functioning of the Secretariat and the support provided to parties, including a gender action plan and a knowledge management and digitalization strategy.
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dates: 3-7 November 2025 [tentative]
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]