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Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-2) to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury

6-10 October 2008 | UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

Highlights for Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Delegates making their way to the meeting room for the second day of the OEWG-2.
The Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury convened for its second day on Tuesday, 7 October, at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Delegates met in plenary throughout the day and considered common elements of a mercury framework (UNEP (DTIE)/Hg/OEWG.2/8). During the morning, delegates considered the document section-by-section and focused their attention on specific actions to address the challenges posed by mercury. While most delegates highlighted the importance of addressing supply, some favored focusing on actions to reduce mercury demand.

During the afternoon, delegates focused on actions related to the international trade in mercury. Some delegates suggested that the issue of trade would be more appropriately dealt with under the World Trade Organization, but most asserted that an element addressing trade was an integral part of a mercury framework. Delegates agreed to return to this discussion on Wednesday.

In the afternoon, the Secretariat introduced a chapeau for the framework paper. Delegates agreed on several amendments and the Secretariat agreed to prepare a revised version containing the amendments, by Wednesday morning.   
Plenary Session
The dais on the second day of the meeting. L-R: Per Baaken, UNEP; John Roberts (UK); John Whitelaw, UNEP; and Nagai Masa, UNEP.
Lee Eeles (Australia) discussed specific actions under a global mercury framework and preferred that action on trade be omitted.
France Jacovella (Canada) suggested regulating trade in mercury, as opposed to reducing international trade in mercury.
G.K. Pandey (India) favored focusing efforts on reducing the demand for mercury, rather than addressing supply.
Rasio Ridho Sani (Indonesia)
Emmanuel Moreau (France)
Cheng Weixue (China)
Gillian Guthrie (Jamaica)
Zukie Gwayi (South Africa)
Franz Perrez (Switzerland)
Fredrick Sikabongo (Namibia)
Robert Ntakamulenga (Tanzania)
The Conference
A bird’s eye view of plenary.
The entrance to the United Nations Office in Nairobi.
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