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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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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.
A view of Punta del Este (photo courtesy of UNEP.)
School children singing at the opening session of INC4
Opening Ceremony
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INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, welcomed delegates to INC4
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


Plenary - Morning Session
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Julissa Reynoso, USA
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Luay S. Al Mukhtar, Iraq
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Li Lei, China
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Alejandro Rivera, Mexico
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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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Rajiv Gauba, India
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Daniel Ziegerer, Switzerland

Plenary - Afternoon Session
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Zero Mercury Working Group drew attention to victims of exposure to mercury through skin lightening creams
Masa Nagai, Legal Officer
Fernando Lugris, INC4 Chair
Tim Kasten, Head, UNEP Chemicals
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Juan Miguel T. Cuna, Philippines
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Soledad Blanco Mangundo, EC
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Michael T. Bender, Zero Mercury Working Group
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Jidřich Petrík, Arnika Association

Contact Groups
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Donald Hannah, New Zealand, and Felipe Ferreira, Brazil. Co-Chairs of the contact group on artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM)
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Representative of GRULAC
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Representative of Japan
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EU delegates
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Delegates from Guyana and Tanzania
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Claudia ten Have, UNEP, Co-Chair Anne Daniel, Canada, and Co-Chair Adel Shafei Osman, Egypt, in the contact group on storage, wastes and contaminated sites
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Representative of United States
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Jimena Nieto, Colombia
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Delegates from China
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EU representatives

 

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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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