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Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC3)

31 Oct - 4 Nov 2011 | UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

Highlights for Friday, 4 November 2011

On Friday, delegates convened for the final day of INC3.  In the morning, participants heard reports from the contact groups on information, and wastes, storage and contaminated sites. Following these reports, delegates reviewed and adopted the report of the meeting.

Delegates agreed to commence a range of intersessional work, including preparation of: a revised version of the draft text incorporating changes presented by the co-chairs of contact groups and the Legal Group; a proposal for Articles 15 and 16 of the draft text, on financial resources and mechanisms and technical assistance; and an approach for possible elements of Article 11, on releases to water and land.  

During closing statements, many delegates expressed appreciation for participants’ hard work throughout the week, commended the skillful leadership of Chair Lugris, and bade affectionate farewells to Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals, and to Matthew Gubb, Secretariat, both of whom are taking on new challenges outside the mercury INC process. 

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner thanked delegates and commended the commitment and conviction that fueled them as they worked late into the night throughout the week.

Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:35pm. 

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Daily highlights
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The delegation from Iraq, L-R:  Saja Mohamed, Amal Khalid Shehab and Tuama A.H. Helo

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Dan Meyer and Jerome Bowman, FDI World Dental Federation
 
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Luis Espinosa Salas, Ecuador

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The Indonesian delegation, L-R (front): Rina Soemarno, Febby Andryananto, (back) Riando Sembiring and Daniel Ardiles Simanjuntak.
 
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Tim Kasten, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch

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Per Bakken, Special Advisor, UNEP Chemicals

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Donnalyn Charles, Saint Lucia
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Matthew Gubb, Secretariat

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Kunbao Xia, IISD, speaking with Donald Hannah and Penny Race, New Zealand
 
 
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The ENB team at INC3, L-R: Akisa Omulepu (US/Kenya); Tallash Kantai (Kenya); Jessica Templeton (US); and Kunbao Xia (China).
 
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IISD RS resources
IISD RS summary and analysis of the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC2), 24-28 January 2011, Chiba, Japan (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (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)
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*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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