Operational Guidelines

The present guidelines govern the operations of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.

1.  The Partnership

a)  The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is a voluntary and collaborative relationship between various parties, governmental, non-governmental, public and private, in which all participants agree to work together in a systematic way to achieve the goal of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, consistent with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/215 “Towards Global Partnerships” and will support the objectives of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

b)  The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership operates through partnership areas* that address issues of priority as identified by Decision 24/3 paragraph 19 of the Governing Council of UNEP. 

*  As of June 2020, eight partnership areas were established.

2.  participation

a)  The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is open to any government, regional economic integration organization, international organization, industry or business organization, non-governmental/civil society organization or academic institution that supports the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership goal.  It is open also to any other entity or an individual who agrees to work towards the goal of the Partnership.

b)  Each entity or individual, upon becoming a participant of the Partnership (hereinafter referred to as a “partner”), will contribute resources or expertise to the development and implementation of partnership activities.

c)  To become a partner, interested entities or individuals should submit a letter to UNEP signifying their support for the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and their commitment to achieving its goal, and specifying how they will contribute to meeting the goal of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. Such letters of intention should be submitted to:

Head, Chemicals and Health Branch
Economy Division
United Nations Environment Programme
Palais des Nations 8-14 avenue de la Paix
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Such letters of intention will be made public through the Partnership Secretariat’s website.

d)  UNEP may request additional information from potential partners based on UNEP’s rules and policies.

e)  Participation in the Partnership will be confirmed by UNEP.

3.  Partnership Advisory Group

a)  A Partnership Advisory Group, composed of up to 25 members, is established to serve the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.

b)  The Partnership Advisory Group will be comprised of representatives of governments, regional economic integration organizations, and major groups and sectors (including NGOs, science and industry). The Partnership Advisory Group membership shall include participation of developing countries and countries with economies in transition, and shall take into account geographical representation and gender balance. 

c)  UNEP Executive Director shall invite the following representatives to serve as members of the Partnership Advisory Group:

The Executive Director may invite additional representatives to participate on an intermediate basis in the Partnership Advisory Group when new partnership areas are established.

d)  The Partnership Advisory Group members will select a Chair or two co-chairs who will serve for a two-year term. The Chair or co-chairs may be re-elected and may serve a maximum of two terms.

e)  UNEP will be represented as ex-officio in the Partnership Advisory Group and will provide the Secretariat.

f)  The functions and responsibilities of the Partnership Advisory Group will include the following:

4.  Meetings

a)  Partnership Advisory Group

b)  The partnership areas

5.  Amendment to the Operational Guidelines

Any Partner may propose changes to previously approved Partnership operational guidelines. Partners proposing any such amendment should submit a written explanation regarding the proposed amendment to the Partnership Secretariat. Proposals for amendments to the operational guidelines will be submitted to the Partnership Secretariat who would review them and submit them to the Partnership Advisory Group for consideration.

6.  Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities are consistent across partnership areas and consistent with the goal of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, while recognizing the unique contributions of individual partners. 

a)  Role of the partners

The partners in the partnership areas will, inter alia:

b)  Role of the partnership area leads 

The lead or co-leads for each of the partnership areas will:

c)  Role of UNEP

UNEP, subject to the availability of resources, will:

d)  Included in its role under (c) above, UNEP shall provide the following support for information exchange activities: