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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 Tuesday, 1 November 2011

On Tuesday, delegates to INC3 continued to work through sections of the draft text, exchanging views on issues including: atmospheric emissions and releases to land and water; final provisions, including legal concerns such as the right to vote, signature, ratification, and authentic texts; environmentally sound storage, mercury wastes, and contaminated sites; and mercury in products and processes. 
 
The contact group on ASGM met during lunch and in parallel to the afternoon plenary session. At the close of Tuesday’s plenary, contact group Co-Chair Donald Hannah (New Zealand) reported that the group was close to having a single text to present to plenary. He said that work would be done overnight to prepare a draft report of the group’s outcome, and that the contact group would reconvene at 8:00am on Wednesday to  "get as much agreement as it can" before presenting its work to plenary.
 
INC3 established two additional contact groups: one on emissions and releases, co-chaired by John Roberts (UK) and Rina Soemarno (Indonesia), and a second on storage, wastes, and contaminated sites, co-chaired by Abiola Olanipekun (Nigeria) and Anne Daniel (Canada). These groups were scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening.

UN offices in Nairobi
A view of the room during the morning’s plenary session
Daily highlights
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INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay
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Donald Hannah, New Zealand, Co-Chair of the contact group on artisanal and small-scale gold mining

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Soledad Blanco, European Commission
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L-R: John Whitelaw, UNEP Chemicals, and Glen Wiser, Center for International Environmental Law

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Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria
 
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*Scenario note
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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 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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