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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 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.
A view of Punta del Este (photo courtesy of UNEP.)
Luay S. Al Mukhtar, Iraq, viewing pictures of the previous day
Plenary
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Per Nylykke, Denmark, and Tim Kasten, UNEP
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INC Chair Fernando Lugris and Pauline Davies, Uruguay
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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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Johanna Peitz, Sweden
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Daniel Ziegerer, Switzerland
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Charlie Brown, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, and Haidar Rababah, Jordan
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Dolf van Wijk and Allan G. Jones, World Chlorine Council
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Delegates from Caribbean states
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Delegates from Europe consulting informally

Contact Groups
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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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Jill Hanna, EU
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 Osvaldo Alvarez-Perez, Chile
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Participants in the contact group on trade and supply
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Enott Peter Ayuk, Cameroon
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Anne Daniel, Canada
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David Buchholz, US
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Laura Scholten, Switzerland
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Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines, and John Roberts, UK, co-chair the contact group on emissions and releases, with John Whitelaw, UNEP.
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GRULAC delegates reviewing text
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Representatives of the US discussing text
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Wondwossen Sintayehu, Ethiopia
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Ida Karnstrom, Sweden
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Barry Reville, Australia, Co-Chair of the contact group on products and processes, and  Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

Around the Venue
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Delegates watch the Euro2012 final match between Italy and Spain.
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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
*IISD RS chemicals management page
*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments
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