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Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC2)

24-28 January 2011 | Chiba, Japan
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Highlights for Monday, 24 January 2011
Mercury INC 2 convened for its first day on Monday 24 January, 2011, in Chiba, Japan.

During the opening plenary, delegates heard welcoming addresses from Khalida Bouar, Deputy Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, UNEP, Shoichi Kondo, Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan, and Katsuaki Miyamoto, Mayor of Minamata. Delegates also viewed a video presentation of the story of Minamata Disease in Minamata, Japan, and heard the experiences of Sumiko Kaneko, whose husband and three sons were affected by Minamata Disease.

In a round of opening statements countries outlined their expectations for the INC process and expressed their general support to utilize the elements paper (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.2/3) as a basis for INC negotiations.

During the afternoon plenary, the Secretariat introduced all documents prepared in the intersessional period and delegates initiated deliberations on the elements paper.
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 The dais during the opening plenary.
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Fernando Lugris (Uruguay), INC Chair, meeting Minamata Disease victim Shinobu Sakamoto. 

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Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan, Shoichi Kondo, addressed the opening plenary.
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*INC2 website
*INC2 documents
*INC2 annotated agenda
*INC2 scenario note
*INC2 submissions
*Technical briefing session in preparation INC2

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IISD RS summary and analysis of INC1, 7-11 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
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 Twenty-fifth Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF), 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, 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
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