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Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally-binding Instrument on Mercury (INC4)

27 June - 2 July 2012 | Punta del Este, Uruguay

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Highlights for Monday, 2 July 2012
On Monday, plenary convened in the morning to hear reports of Contact Groups and the legal group. The INC agreed to append the conference room papers developed by each contact group, as well as those agreed texts that were reviewed by the legal group, to the final report of the conference. Further to the adoption of the report, the different regional groups, and many countries thanked the Chair, the Secretariat and the Uruguayan hosts for holding the meeting. Tim Kasten highlighted the large amount of work achieved during the week, and Chair Lugris closed the meeting at 5.53pm.
A view of Punta del Este (photo courtesy of UNEP.)
INC Chair Fernando Lugris gavels INC4 to a close
Plenary
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A view of the participants in the plenary
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John Roberts, United Kingdom
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Wu Jianmin, China, and Atsushi Sugikana, Japan

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Highlights for Sunday, 1 July 2012

INC4 met briefly in Plenary in the morning and afternoon to hear reports from contact groups. Contact groups met throughout the day and into the night seeking common ground on the most complex issues, namely, financial resources and technical assistance, supply and trade, implementation and compliance, products and processes, emissions and releases, storage and wastes, and Section J. The legal group also met to consider text forwarded by Plenary.

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Karel Blaha, Czech Republic, and Abdullah Al-Rasheed, Saudi Arabia, Co-Chairs of the contact group on trade and supply
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Tuomas Kuokkanen, Finland, and Jimena Nieto, Colombia,  Co-Chairs of the contact group on implementation and compliance
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Felipe Ferreira, Brazil, and Johanna Peitz, Sweden, Co-Chairs of the contact group on financial resources and technical assistance
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Enott Peter Ayuk, Cameroon
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Anne Daniel, Canada

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Highlights for Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally-binding Instrument on Mercury (INC4) met in Plenary to hear reports from contact groups, and to discuss: how to regulate trade and supply of mercury products; final provisions of the treaty; institutional arrangements; health aspects; and national implementation plans. Contact groups met throughout the day and into the night to discuss finance and technical assistance, products and processes, implementation and compliance, emissions and releases, and supply and international trade. A “Swiss Break” was held in the evening.

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David J. Lennett, Zero Mercury Working Group
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Susan Biniaz,USA
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Barry Reville, Australia, and David Kapindula, Zambia, Co-Chairs of the contact group on products and processes
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A'isha Usman Mahmood, Nigeria
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 Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland

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Highlights for Friday, 29 June 2012

The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC4) met in Plenary in the morning to deal with reports from contact groups, as well as how to regulate mercury in products and processes. Contact groups met throughout the day, and into the night, on compliance matters, emissions and releases, financial and technical assistance, products and processes, and information. A "Swiss break" was held in the evening for delegates to interact informally and seek solutions to outstanding issues.

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Pauline Davies, Uruguay
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Jill Hanna, EU
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Participants in the contact group on products and processes.
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Elsa Miranda, Indonesia
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Lee Eeles, Australia

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Highlights for Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC4) met in Plenary throughout the day to deal with reports from contact groups, as well as emissions and releases, financial and technical assistance, and compliance matters. Contact groups also met throughout the day to discuss: technical assistance; storage, wastes and contaminated sites; emissions and releases; and research, development and monitoring.

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Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization
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Elsa Miranda, Indonesia
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Keir McAndrew, EU
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Cheryl Heathwood, Canada
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Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica
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Veari Kula, Papua New Guinea

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Highlights for Wednesday, 27 June 2012

INC4 opened on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at the Conrad Resort in Punta del Este, Uruguay, to continue negotiations on a treaty to regulate mercury use at the global level. Plenary meetings were held in the morning and afternoon, with contact groups established to finalize their consideration of items outstanding from INC3, including artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM), wastes and storage, and information and awareness-raising.

Luis Almagro,
Uruguay's Minister of Foreign Affairs
Monique Barbut,
CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Jacob Duer,
Coordinator of the secretariat for the mercury negotiations, UNEP
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Julissa Reynoso, USA
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Luay S. Al Mukhtar, Iraq
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David Kapindula, Zambia, speaking for the African Group
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Michelle Bran, Guatemala, speaking for GRULAC
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Zero Mercury Working Group drew attention to victims of exposure to mercury through skin lightening creams

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Related Links
UNEP resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*Information for delegates
*Intersessional work on financial resources and technical and implementation assistance
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Scenario note for INC-4
*Revised draft text for a comprehensive and suitable approach to a global legally binding instrument on mercury

IISD RS resources
IISD RS summary and analysis of the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC3), 31 October - 4 November 2011, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-sixth Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-26/GMEF), 21-24 February 2011, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
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 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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