Addressing the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1), held in Geneva 24-29 September 2017, Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Adviser Chemicals and Sustainable Industrial development, emphasized expedited support to developing countries, through capacity building, technical assistance and technology transfer, for sound chemicals management and safeguarding public health.

Over 1500 delegates from 152 countries (including two Presidents and several Ministers and Vice Ministers of Environment) participated in COP 1.