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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 Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Delegates to INC3 continued their discussions of the new draft text on Wednesday, addressing issues including: manufacturing processes in which mercury is used; allowable-use exemptions; financial resources and mechanisms; technical assistance; and implementation. Contact groups met throughout the day and late into the night.
 
The contact group on ASGM concluded its work during the lunch break, and in the afternoon, Co-Chair Hannah reported to plenary on the group’s progress. Noting there was no need for additional submissions, Hannah explained that the group’s new text would replace the current language in Article 9 and Annex C of the draft text. He said that some brackets remain and that bilateral discussions on this text will be held intersessionally.  
 
Also on Wednesday afternoon, products and processes contact group Co-Chair Sebkova reported that the group had begun initial discussion of the general approaches to Article 6. The group continued its work on Wednesday evening.
 
Chair Lugris suspended plenary at 5:30pm, and the contact group on emissions and releases convened for an evening session with the benefit of translation. Also scheduled to meet in the evening were: the group on wastes, storage and contaminated sites, co-chaired by John Roberts (UK) and Rina Soemarno (Indonesia); the Legal Group, chaired by Susan Biniaz, US; and the newly established group on financial resources, technical assistance and implementation, to be co-chaired by Adel Shafei Osman, Egypt, and Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden.

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The contact group on artisanal and small-scale gold mining met early on Wednesday morning.
Daily highlights
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Ibrahima Sow, Global Environment Facility

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Members of the Chinese delegation: L-R: Sun Yangzhao and Xia Yingxian
 
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Susan Biniaz, US, Chair of the Legal Group

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L-R: Dolf van Wijk, World Chlorine Council, Allan Jones, World Chlorine Council, and Robert Campbell, Great Lakes Solutions
 
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Members of the Secretariat in consultation before the session began: L-R: Sheila Logan, Matthew Gubb, and Cristina Cardenas

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The delegation from Malaysia: L-R: Che Kodir Baharum and Noor Asima Osman
 
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Related Links
UNEP resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting annotated agenda
*Scenario note
*New draft text for a comprehensive and suitable approach to a global legally binding instrument on mercury
*Country submissions
*Meeting documents
*Technical briefings

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)
*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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