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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 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.
A view of Punta del Este (photo courtesy of UNEP.)
INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, dancing tango with Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland.
Plenary
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Stuart Johnston, FDI World Dental Federation
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Wondwossen Sintayehu, Ethiopia
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Fernando Bejarano, IPEN
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Lisa K. Sykes, Coalition for Mercury Free Drugs
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Jose Ramon Barnuevo and Ana Garcia Gonzalez, Spain
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Atsushi Sugikana, Japan
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Ali Mustafa and Amhmed El Marbet, Libya
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Michelle Bran, Guatemala, (left) conferring with delegates

Contact Groups
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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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Elsa Miranda, Indonesia
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Lee Eeles, Australia
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Participants in the contact group on emissions and releases
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John Thompson, US
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Luay S. Al Mukhtar, Iraq
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Johanna Peitz, Sweden, and Felipe Ferreira, Brazil, Co-Chairs of the contact group on financial resources and technical assistance.
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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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Donald Hannah, New Zealand
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Martim Afonso Penna, World Chlorine Council

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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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