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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 Wednesday, 8 October 2008

View of Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.
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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 third day on Wednesday, 8 October at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

During the morning session, delegates continued consideration of common elements of a mercury framework (UNEP (DTIE)/Hg/OEWG.2/8). Delegates focused their attention on specific actions to address the challenges posed by mercury, as well as arrangements related to implementation, policy guidance and administration. The Secretariat agreed to revise the document for consideration on Thursday. 

During the afternoon, delegates turned their attention to the contentious issue of modalities for implementation. Views were exchanged on the need and justification for legally-binding and voluntary initiatives.  

The Secretariat agreed to prepare a summary for delegates' consideration Thursday afternoon.
Plenary Session
A bird’s eye view of plenary on Wednesday.
Atle Fretheim (Norway)
Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla (Senegal)
Ciro Marques Russo (Brazil)
Adama Cham (Gambia)
Ehab Bani-Hani (Jordan)
Vally Mohamedlemine (Mauritania)
Diego Sadofschi (Argentina)
Ivana Vrhovac (Croatia)
Raimundo Rodrigues, UNEP
David Lennett, Natural Resources Defense Council
Eric Uram, Headwater Consulting
Luciano Ramirez (Panama)
Ahmed Al-Balushi (Oman)
Natalia Karpova (Russian Federation)
Around the conference
Chair John Roberts (UK) and Sheila Logan, UNEP, before Wednesday's session began.
Delegates taking a break on the third day of OEWG-2.
Delegates working outside the conference room.
Informal consultations before the morning session.
Small Island Developing States delegates preparing their regional statement.
L-R: Wagaki Mwangi, ENB, spoke to Daniel Fantozzi (USA) at the conclusion of the afternoon session.
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