OBJECTIVE OF THIS GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
This publication was developed to guide health ministries4 in planning measures to implement the health-related articles of the Minamata Convention and to protect public health from exposure to mercury. It will guide health ministries to plan not only obligatory measures under the Convention but voluntary measures as well. The approach taken in any country will need to be adapted to that country’s particular needs and circumstances. Therefore, the measures suggested here are not prescriptive but are intended to inform health ministries and partners about key considerations to be taken into account while developing plans in relation to the Convention.