Addressing Contaminants and Human Health Issues


The aim is to inform policy-and decision-makers in the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants and others, including Observer States and Organizations, on issues relating to contaminants and human health (both regionally and globally). This includes work requested by Senior Arctic Officials and Ministers to support further development and implementation of the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention, CLRTAP, and work connected to the UNFCCC/IPCC as well as UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): #2 on food security, #3 on ensuring healthy lives, #6 on access to safe drinking water, and #13 on action to combat climate change and its impacts.


  • Activities regarding human health include assessing impacts of climate change on health, further consideration of dietary transitions and their impacts and participating in coordinated work on effects of contaminants. AMAP is preparing work on the interaction between climate change, contaminants, and human and animal health, including zoonotic diseases. Parts of this work are under development in cooperation with SDWG.
  • Contributions from POP/mercury trend work as well as the human health monitoring are an important part of the planned input to the Stockholm Convention Effectiveness Evaluation.

On the heels of persistent pollutants

Persistent organic pollutants have been on the radar of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for a long time.
10 May 2021

Mercury and toxic cocktails affect the Arctic ecosystems, wildlife and human health – How to take action?

Tackling mercury pollution is a priority for the Arctic Contaminants Action Program Working Group. Why is it an issue in the Arctic?
23 Oct 2020
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