In October 2013, nearly six decades after health officials first noted victims suffering from unregulated discharges of methylmercury in Minamata, Japan, parties signed the Mercury Convention. An international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic releases and emissions of mercury and mercury compounds, the Minamata Convention on Mercury is the newest multilateral environ- mental agreement registered with the United Nations. Currently, the Convention has 96 signatories and only one ratified party, the United States.
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