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.