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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 Friday, 11 October 2013
On Friday morning, the Conference of Plenipotentiaries continued to hear country statements about the adoption and signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Many countries paid tribute to the victims of Minamata Disease, underscoring the significance of the Minamata Convention for contributing to the sound management of mercury. Countries also conveyed their gratitude to the Government of Japan for hosting the Conference, and to INC Chair Fernando Lugris for steering the negotiations to a successful completion.

In the afternoon, the Conference heard the remaining statements from countries, IGOs and NGOs. An additional five countries signed the Convention, bringing the total of signatories to 92. In their closing statements, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Conference President Ishihara expressed their gratitude to participants, interpreters, and the conference staff and volunteers that facilitated the success of the Conference. Conference President Ishihara gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:09 pm.

Convention Group
Staff from the UNEP Secretariat, UN Offices-Nairobi and Office for Legal Affairs posed with the Minamata Convention.
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Signings
Saviour Kasukuwere
Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe, signed the Convention.
Sianga Kivula Samuel Abilio
Sianga Kivula Samuel Abilio, Secretary of State for New Technologies and Environmental Quality, Angola, signed the Convention.
Le Duong Quang
Le Duong Quang, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam, signed the Convention.
Yahya Ngam
Amb. Yahya Ngam, Mauritania, signed the Convention.
Mor Ngom
Mor Ngom, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal, signed the Convention.
Santiago Villalpando
Santiago Villalpando, Treaty Section Chief, explained the depository process to secretariat staff.
Plenary
Dais Shot

A view of the dais early in plenary.

Gheorghe Salaru
Gheorghe Salaru, Minister, Division of Pollution and Waste Management, Moldova.
Gladys Lorena Tapia Nuñez
Gladys Lorena Tapia Nuñez, Minister of Environment, Ecuador.
Faamoetauloa Taito Faale Tumaalii
Faamoetauloa Taito Faale Tumaalii, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa.
Wan Bentai
Wan Bentai, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Environmental Protection, China.
Ephraim Kamuntu
Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda.
Nino Sharashidze
Nino Sharashidze, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia.
Maria Neira
Maria Neira, World Health Organization.
Baek Gyu-seok
Baek Gyu-seok, Deputy Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea.
Dan McDougall
Amb. Dan McDougall, Canada.
Fatou Ndeye Gaye
Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Minister of Environment, Parks and Wildlife Management, the Gambia.
Naoko Ishii
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility.
Francisco Orrego Bauza
Francisco Orrego Bauza, Vice Minister of Mines, Chile.
Emmanuel Maria Calonzo
Emmanuel Maria Calonzo, International POPs Elimination Network.
Christian Masset
Amb. Christian Masset, France.
Elena Lymberidi-Settimo
Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Zero Mercury Working Group.
Fish Presentation
With Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Japan, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, presented the "Pez-Peste" statue to Katsuaki Miyamoto, Mayor of Minamata, for permanent display at the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum.
Gavel Shot
Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Japan, gaveled the Conference of Plenipotentiaries to a close.
Side Events
WHO Health Side Event

The World Health Organization presented a lunchtime ministerial side event on health and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Hotto Hausu Side Event

The social welfare service corporation Sakae no mori "Hotto Hausu" held a lunchtime side event presenting messages from foetal Minamata Disease patients.

Around the Conference
Press Conference
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, and Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Japan, answered questions during a press conference.
Conference officers
Conference officers posed and waved.
Security

UN Security from Bangkok and local security posed together at lunchtime.

Conference Poster
Staff provided conference posters to participants.
Santiago Villalpando
Santiago Villalpando, Treaty Section Chief, prepared to transport the Convention to UN Headquarters in New York, where it will remain open for additional signatures.
ENB Team
Your IISD-RS Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporting team, with UNEP's Tim Kasten. L-R: Richard de Ferranti, writer, Australia; Pia Kohler, writer, Switzerland; Tim Kasten; Suzi Malan, team leader, South Africa; and Dan Birchall, digital editor, United States.
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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