Sunday, 24 September 2017 | 12:10 WIB

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratification Bill Approved by the House

Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratification Bill was finally approved to be passed into law by the House of Representatives (DPR) at the Plenary Session, Wednesday (9/13/2017).

President Joko Widodi will further legalize the Act to be enacted.

The Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya in her speech expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the House Leadership, Leadership and Members of the House of Representatives Commission VII and all Members of Parliament who has approved the Bill on Minamata Convention on Mercury.

"We are always looking forward to the support of respected House’s leaders and members on the implementation of Minamata Convention in the knit of efforts to overcome global problems and to realize Indonesia's sovereign and prosperous development, and meet the target of Sustainable Development Goals," Siti said, as quoted from Environment and Forestry Ministry’s Official of Information and Documentation Management (PPID), Wednesday (9/13/2017).

The session was also witnessed by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

Environment and Forestry Ministry considers it important to participate in ratifying the Convention as it’s written in the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia (UUD 1945) article 28H paragraph 1, where every Indonesian citizen is entitled to obtain a good and healthy environment.

So based on Law No. 24 of 2000 on International Agreements, the Indonesian Government is required to enact the convention into law through the approval of the House and legalized by the President.

"Minamata Convention ratification is a legal basis for environmental legal advocacy and policy, encouraging the industrial sector not to use mercury as an industrial raw material, encouraging the health sector to no longer use mercury and strengthen the regulation and control of mercury waste management," Minister Nurbaya said.