The Minamata Convention on Mercury, ratified by 73 countries, is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It clearly underscores that actions must be taken to reduce further anthropogenic mercury releases. These actions should be guided by reliable information on sources of mercury emissions and releases. Therefore, developing robust national mercury inventories is critical in identifying and addressing the issue of mercury releases.
As part of the ongoing efforts for building national capacity of countries, UNEP and UNITAR have decided to collaborate on developing an online training platform: MercuryLearn. The main component is the UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The platform is an innovative idea which provides interactive modules assisting users in learning to develop mercury inventories. The training platform can be accessed at http://mercurylearn.unitar.org/