New York, USA: "The Minamata Convention not only
synergizes, but also strengthens existing rules of mercury trading and
circulation at the existing national level," explained the Foreign
Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi after presenting the ratification instrument of the
convention at United Nations Headquarters on the sidelines of the 72nd UN
General Assembly (22/9).
Minister Retno presented the instrument of the Government's
ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury to the UN Legal Counsel,
Under-Secretary-General Miguel de Serpa Soares. "The presentation of this
ratification instrument is a concrete manifestation of the Indonesian
Government's commitment to protect the people from the dangers of mercury
contamination as well as the affirmation of the commitment to achieve the goal
of Sustainable Development 2030," she said.
The Government of Indonesia ratified the Minamata Convention
on Mercury through Law no. 11 of 2017 signed by President Joko Widodo on
September 20, 2017 and promulgated in the State Gazette no. 209 Year 2017. With
the issuance of the law, the practice of mercury circulation and utilization
throughout the territory of Indonesia is now bound by the provisions of the
The Indonesian Government's fast move in ratifying this
convention is the result of strong coordination between various Ministries and
Institutions, as well as the support of the Parliament.
This step is the fulfillment of the constitutional mandate
to protect the Indonesian people from the threat of mercury pollution that
endangers the health and ecosystem of the environment.
It is undeniable that mercury is still widely used by
communities in the mining sector; especially small scale gold mining, industry
and health. By ratifying the Convention, the Government will more strictly
regulate the circulation and utilization of mercury by the public.
This ratification also opens opportunities for international
cooperation to increase public awareness and knowledge about the dangers of
mercury, and to facilitate access to health-friendly and environmental-friendly
UNEP classifies Mercury as a "global threat to human
and environmental health" because of its harmful effects on human health
and environmental ecosystems. Indonesia is one of the 92 signatory countries of
the Minamata Convention in Kumamoto, Japan on October 10, 2013. This Convention
has now been signed by 128 countries and came into force on 16 August 2017, 90
days after the receipt of the 50th country ratification instrument (Romania) on
May 16, 2017. (source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)