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IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has provided daily reports and web coverage of the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury October 9-11, and its preceding preparatory meeting October 7-8. A joint summary report of both events will be posted October 14. To download our reports, please click the HTML/PDF icons below.
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Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries
on the Minamata Convention on Mercury
and preceding Preparatory Meeting

7-11 October 2013 | Kumamoto and Minamata, Japan

Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Highlights for Thursday, 10 October 2013
On Thursday morning the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries adopted the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto, Japan, with one head of State, 48 State ministers and other high-level representatives of countries in attendance. Opening remarks were made by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Bakary Kante, Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), who delivered remarks on behalf of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; and Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of the Environment, Japan.

The Conference elected Nobuteru Ishihara as Conference President, and Terezya Pius Luoga Huvisa (United Republic of Tanzania) as Rapporteur, with Sargon Lazar Slewa Binzezzo (Iraq), Abdou Nassur Madi (Comoros), Gheorghe Salaru (Republic of Moldova), Anne-Rose-Marie Juganaru (Romania), Izabella Teixeira (Brazil), Robert Pickersgill (Jamaica), Sean Sherlock (Ireland), and Franz Perrez (Switzerland) as members of the Bureau.

In the afternoon, the Final Act and the Convention were opened for signature, after which 86 countries and the European Union signed the Convention, and 23 countries signed the Final Act only. Participants heard initial country statements and in the evening, attended a reception at Kumamoto Castle, hosted by the Government of Japan, the Prefecture of Kumamoto, and the Kumamoto City. UNEP Chemicals launched the website of the Convention (www.mercuryconvention.org) to track progress towards entry into force.
Minamata Convention
The Minamata Convention on Mercury, ready for signatures.
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Morning Plenary
Jacob Duer
Jacob Duer, UNEP INC team coordinator.
Fernando Lugris
INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay.
Robert Pickersgill
Robert Pickersgill, Jamaica.
Signing Ceremony
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A view of the dais during the signing ceremony.

Nobuteru Ishihara
Plenipotentiary Conference President Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Japan, signed the Final Act.
Achim Steiner
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary of the Plenipotentiary Conference, signed the Final Act.
Tim Kasten
UNEP Chemicals Branch Head Tim Kasten, signed the Final Act.
Jean Omer Beriziky
Jean Omer Beriziky, Prime Minister of Madagascar, signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Fumio Kishida
Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan, signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Wylbur Simuusa
Wylbur Simuusa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zambia, signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Statements
Fumio Kishida
Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan.
Jean Omer Beriziky
Jean Omer Beriziky, Prime Minister of Madagascar.
Luis Almagro
Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay.
Wilbur Simuusa
Wilbur Simuusa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zambia.
Doris Leuthard
Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor of the Environment, Switzerland.
Janez Potočnik
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment.
Abdou Nassur Madi
Abdou Nassur Madi, Minister of Production, Energy, Environment, Industry and Artisans, Comoros.
Ricardo Hugo Salvioli
Ricardo Hugo Salvioli, vice-Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina.
Raphael Edou
Raphael Edou, Minister of Environment, Benin.
José Antonio Zamora Gutiérrez
José Antonio Zamora Gutiérrez, Minister of Environment and Water, Bolivia.
Izabella Teixeira
Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment, Brazil.
Santiago Villalpando
Santiago Villalpando, Treaty Section Chief, Office of Legal Affairs.
Side Events
Women Gold Mining Side Event

Women in Europe for a Common Future and the International POPS Elimination Network presented a lunchtime side event on women and mercury in artisinal and small-scale gold mining, impacts on women's health and that of future generations.

Financing side event

The GEF presented a lunchtime side event on financing for implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Around the Conference
Traditional Dancer
A Japanese traditional dancer during the evening reception.
Traditional Dancer
A Japanese traditional dancer during the evening reception.
Barrel Hammering

With a little help from Kumamoto Prefecture's bear mascot Kumamon, dignitaries ceremonially hammered open barrels of sake at the evening reception.

Tim Kasten, Achim Steiner and Japanese Participants
UNEP Chemicals Branch Head Tim Kasten and Executive Director Achim Steiner with participants from Japan.
Colombian delegates
Delegates from Colombia.
Delegates chatted
Delegates chatted before the morning plenary.
Kimono Girl
A "Kimono Girl" during the signing ceremony.
Claudia TenHave and Meera Laurijssen
Claudia TenHave and Meera Laurijssen, UNEP.
Media swarm
Media surrounded a local official for an interview.
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Press photographers watched the morning plenary.
Kumamon Gun

During a gun salute by historical warriors, Kumamon was given a gun that fired confetti, demonstrating the right to arm bears.

Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Related Links
Meeting resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting documents

*DipCon provisional annotated agenda

*DipCon scenario note

*DipCon rules of procedure

*Provisional annotated agenda for the preparatory meeting

*Scenario note for the preparatory meeting

*Rules of procedure for the preparatory meeting

*Text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for adoption by the DipCon

*The Mercury Club

*Host country website


IISD RS resources

Building an Effective Future-proof International Chemicals and Waste Regime, Guest Article written for IISD RS Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice website by Franz Perrez, Ambassador, Head of International Affairs Division of Switzerland’s Federal Office for the Environment, President of COP11 of the Basel Convention

IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP11), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP6), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP6) and Second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2), 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

IISD RS coverage of Twenty-seventh Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GC27)/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF), 18-22 February 2013, UN Office, Nairobi, Kenya

IISD RS coverage of Mercury INC5, 13-18 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

IISD RS coverage of Mercury INC4, 27 June - 2 July 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay

IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GCSS)/GMEF, 20-22 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

IISD RS summary and analysis of Mercury INC3, 31 October - 4 November 2011, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC26/GMEF, 21-24 February 2011, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

IISD RS summary and analysis of Mercury INC2, 24-28 January 2011, Chiba, Japan (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS summary and analysis of Mercury INC1, 7-11 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS coverage of the First Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs1), and GCSS-11/GMEF, 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia

IISD RS brefing note of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury, 19-23 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS coverage of the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 12-16 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand

*IISD RS chemicals management page

*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC meetings

*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments

*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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