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First Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC1)

7-11 June 2010 | Stockholm, Sweden
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Summary of the Meeting
Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:01pm.
Friday, 11 June

INC 1 convened for its final day on Friday, 11 June 2010.

During the morning, delegates discussed synergies with chemicals and waste conventions, essential uses, definitions and partnerships. Japan offered, and participants agreed, to hold INC in Chuba, Japan, from 24-28 January 2010.

During the afternoon, delegates discussed intersessional work for the Secretariat and adopted the report of the meeting.

Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:01pm.

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Aase Tuxen, UNEP Chemicals
Katerina Sebkova and Karel Blaha
(Czech Republic)
Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation
Chair Lugris in talks with Per Bakken (Head of UNEP Chemicals).
Thursday, 10 June

Mercury INC 1 convened for its fourth day on Thursday, 10 June 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden.

During the morning, delegates completed their consideration of cluster issues, exchanging views on environmentally-sound storage. They then discussed atmospheric emissions of mercury.  

During the afternoon, delegates considered information exchange and awareness. They then considered final provisions briefly.

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Mohammed Kashashneh, Jordan
Walker Smith, US
Nina Cromnier, Sweden
Hajah Hanili Bt Ghazali, Malaysia
Wednesday, 9 June

Mercury INC 1 convened for its third day on Wednesday, 9 June 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden.

During the morning, delegates continued their consideration of cluster issues, exchanging views on supply of mercury and demand for mercury in products and processes.

During the afternoon, delegates discussed issues associated with reducing the international trade of mercury, and considered ways to address mercury-containing waste and remediation of contaminated sites.

In the evening, delegates attended a Swiss-sponsored reception under the theme of “Synergies in the Chemicals and Waste Cluster.”

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Consultations before the session, L-R: Brenda Koekkoek, Glen Wiser and John Whitelaw.
Canadian delegates, L-R: Anne Daniel and Margaret Kenny
L-R: Zhang Lei (China), Kunbao Xia (ENB) and Guo Xiaofeng (China)
Tuesday, 8 June

Mercury INC 1 convened for its second day on Tuesday, 8 June 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden.

During the morning, delegates had a preliminary discussion on the overall structure of a mercury instrument, based on three potential options: control measures plus annexes, convention plus protocols, and an umbrella agreement and annexes.

During the afternoon, delegates considered compliance and began their consideration of the "cluster" issues: supply, demand, trade, waste, and storage.

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Yingxian Xia, China
Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay
Teruyoshi Hayamizu, Japan
Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria
Monday, 7 June

Mercury INC 1 convened for its first day on Monday, 7 June 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden.

During the opening plenary, delegates heard welcoming addresses from UN Environment Programme Deputy Executive Director Angela Cropper, and Sweden’s Minister for the Environment, Andreas Carlgren. Both highlighted the historical significance of the INC process to develop a legally-binding instrument on mercury.

In a round of opening statements, countries outlined their expectations for the INC process.

During the late afternoon, delegates began their substantive discussions on the instrument. Initial views were exchanged on the objectives of the instrument.

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The children's group Next Generation performing at the opening ceremony of INC1.
Andreas Carlgren, Minister for Environment, Sweden
Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals
Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
Sunday, 6 June

On Sunday morning, participants gathered for a technical briefing and heard presentations on: mercury in products and processes; mercury storage and waste; mercury and mining; and the Paragraph 29 Study and mercury emissions from coal.

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Gunnar Futsaeter, UNEP
Gregory Scott, South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Lesley Sloss, IEA Clean Coal Center
John Munthe, Swedish Environment Research Institute
The ENB team at INC 1 with the head of UNEP Chemicals, L-R: Tallash Kantai (Kenya),
Melanie Ashton (Australia), Per Bakken (UNEP Chemicals), Jessica Templeton (US), and Kunbao Xia (China).
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Related Links
UNEP resources
*Meeting web site
*Meeting documents
*Annotated agenda
*Scenario note
*Technical Briefing Session in Preparation for INC1, 6 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

IISD RS resources
*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 (English: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-fifth Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF), 16-20 February 2009, Nairobi, Kenya
*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
*Chemicals-L - A mailing list for news on chemicals policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin American and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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