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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 Tuesday, 8 October 2013
On Tuesday, 8 October 2013, the intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting of the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries reconvened in Kumamoto, Japan, to continue negotiations on the draft resolutions to be forwarded to the Diplomatic Conference.

Chair Fernando Lugris invited reports on the discussions which took place on Monday evening in a contact group and three informal groups. Delegates continued debating resolutions on: arrangements in the interim period, most notably regarding the cooperation and coordination with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the functions of the Secretariat; financial arrangements; matters pertaining to other international bodies; and establishing a technical expert group to develop required guidance on emissions.

The Meeting resolved all outstanding issues before lunch, and in the afternoon delegates adopted the draft resolutions and the report of the meeting. In the evening, delegates attended the Swiss Break, a reception hosted by the government of Switzerland.
Swiss Break Chef
A chef sliced breads and cheeses for participants during the evening Swiss Break.
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Plenary
Dais Shot

A view of the dais during plenary.

Jamil Mtoor
Jamil Mtoor, Palestinian State.
Michihiro Oi
Michihiro Oi, Japan.
Sezaneh Seymour
Sezaneh Seymour, United States.
Elsa Miranda
Elsa Miranda, Indonesia.
Jacob Duer
Jacob Duer, UNEP INC team coordinator.
Patricio Torres
Amb. Patricio Torres, Chile.
Anne Daniel
Anne Daniel, Canada.
Vladimir Lenev
Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation.
Mohammed Kashashneh
Mohammed Kashashneh, Jordan.
Room Shot

A view of the room during plenary.

Side Events
Minamata Side Event

Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution and the International POPs Elimination Network presented a lunchtime side event, "Honoring Minamata: Lessons Learned from Minamata Disease and the Mercury Treaty."

GAHP Side Event

The Blacksmith Institute and the Global Alliance on Health Pollution (GAHP) presented a lunchtime side event introducing the GAHP as a tool for implementation of the Minamata Convention.

Italian Side Event

The Italian National Reference Centre for Mercury presented a lunchtime side event on its potential role in implementation of the Minamata Convention.

Around the Preparatory Meeting
EU delegates
EU delegates conferred.
Fernando Lugris
Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, making a point.
Bureau and Secretariat

Members of the Bureau and Secretariat posed for a photo after the close of plenary.

Swiss Break
Participants chatted over food and drinks at the Swiss Break.
Swiss Break DJ
A DJ played music for the Swiss Break.
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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