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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
Highlights for Monday, 7 June 2010
The children's group Next Generation performing at the opening ceremony of INC1.
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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, and the discussion will be continued on Tuesday.

Opening Plenary
Andreas Carlgren, Minister for Environment, Sweden
Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals
Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
The dais on the first day, L-R: Matthew Gubb, Secretariat; Chair Fernando Lugris (Uruguay);
Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals; and Masa Nagai, Secretariat.
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*Technical Briefing Session in Preparation for INC1, 6 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

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*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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