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Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC5)

13-18 January 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland
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Friday 18 and Saturday, 19 January 2013

8:00am:
Plenary resumed at 6:01am and adopted the Minamata Convention on Mercury at 6:59am. Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:42am.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of the mercury negotiations will be available on Monday, 21 January 2013 online at: http://www.iisd.ca/mercury/inc5/

3:30am: INC5 plenary reconvened at 2:40am: delegates endorsed a compromise package on the preamble, finance and compliance. Plenary suspended at 3:26 to allow the legal group to complete its review of the text of the global mercury convention.

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Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:42am.
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Swiss delegates serving champagne and cake in celebration of the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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UNEP celebrating the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, with the UNEP Mercury team

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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, congratulates Chair Lugris

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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, congratulates UNEP staff

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Chair Lugris throwing the final report with excitement after its adoption.

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Chair Lugris requesting UNEP's Sheila Logan to adopt "Pez-Peste" until it is brought to Minamata for the signing of the Convention.

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David Kapindula, Zambia

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Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Zero Mercury Working Group

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Daniel Reifsnyder, US

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Takeshi Yasumi, IPEN

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Amb. Franz Perrez, Switzerland

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Djumakadyr Atabekov, Kyrgyzstan

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Karl Falkenberg, EU

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Amb. Ulises Cauchola, Mexico

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Xia Ying Xian, China

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Anne Daniel, Canada

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Pedro Quiroga, Chile

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Ryutaro Yatsu, Japan

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Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation

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Felipe Ferreira, Brazil

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L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Secretary, consulting with Tim Kasten, UNEP

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

On Thursday, Chair Lugris announced that negotiations in contact groups should be concluded by the end of the day, to allow finalization of the text of the instrument on Friday. INC5 delegates met in plenary in the morning, late afternoon and night, to hear reports from contact and other small groups and remarks from Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson. Contact groups met throughout the day on: selected technical articles; finance; emissions and releases; health aspects and implementation plans; and articles of a legal nature.

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Sculpture "Pez-Peste" by Nicholas Garcia Uriburu, Argentina, was presented to the INC as a reminder of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination and pollution.

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INC5 plenary session

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Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson

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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

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L-R: Stephanie Laruelle, UNEP; Sheila Logan, UNEP; and Contact Group Co-Chair Abdulkadir Jailani, Indonesia

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

On Wednesday, INC5 delegates met in plenary in the morning to hear reports from the contact and other small groups, and in the afternoon to hear high-level remarks, including by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Swiss Minister of the Environment Doris Leuthard. Switzerland, Japan and Norway pledged interim financial support for the instrument. Contact groups met throughout the day on: selected technical articles; finance, technical assistance and technology transfer; emissions and releases; and articles of a legal nature. A “Friends of Health” informal group also met throughout the day. Another “Swiss Break” was held in the evening.

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L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, in conversation with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications of Switzerland.

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Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles Co-Chair Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria

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Contact Group on Finance, Technical Assistance and Technology Transfer Co-Chair Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

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Delegates from the Philippines

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Chocolate incentive to conclude the negotiations distributed to all delegates in plenary.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

On Tuesday, INC5 delegates met in plenary in the morning and afternoon, to address: information exchange; research, development and monitoring; reporting; health aspects; implementation plans; treaty objective; relationships with other agreements; definitions; institutional arrangements; final provisions; and compliance/implementation committee. 

The contact group on selected technical articles and a Friends of the Co-Chairs group on technical assistance and technology transfer met throughout the day. A technical group on emissions thresholds met in the morning, with the contact group on emissions and releases reconvening in the afternoon and continuing its work into the night. Following a “Swiss break,” a new contact group on health aspects and implementation plans convened in the evening.

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Notwithstanding "rain, sleet or snow," participants head to the INC5 negotiations at the CICG.

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L-R: Co-Chairs Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria and Donald Hannah, New Zealand

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Contact group snowman ... discussion heat indicator?

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Participants consulting with Leonor Alvarado, SAICM Secretariat (center)

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Monday, 14 January 2013

On Monday, INC5 delegates met in plenary in the morning and afternoon, to address emissions and releases, supply and trade, artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and waste. Contact groups on selected technical articles and on technology transfer convened in the morning and evening. A contact group on emissions and releases met in the afternoon, followed by a Friends of the Co-Chairs group in the evening.

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Delegates from India and China in a discussion with John Roberts, UK

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L-R: Jackie Keliiaa, Danika Littlechild, Rochelle Diver, and Parnuna Egede, Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus

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Kazunori Sasaki and Takatsugu Shindo, Welcoming Committee for the Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

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Poster from the Zero Mercury Working Group

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC5) opened on Sunday, 13 January, in Geneva, Switzerland. Plenary met throughout the day to address organizational matters, hear opening statements, and address the preamble of an instrument on mercury and its section on products and processes. In the evening, the plenary reconvened to discuss financial resources and technical assistance, and in parallel a contact group focused on mercury-added products, manufacturing processes in which mercury is used, and exemptions available to a party upon request.

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L-R: Bakary Kante, Chair Lugris and Bruno Oberle sharing a light moment at the conclusion of the opening plenary.

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Delegates from Brazil consulting

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Delegates watched a video on Minamata disease during the opening plenary.

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L-R: ENB team at INC5 with Franz Dejon, Pia Kohler, Keith Ripley, Elisa Morgera, Nicole Schabus, Elsa Tsioumani, and Nancy Williams

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Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*Meeting provisional annotated agenda
*Scenario note
*Notes from Bureau meetings
*Chair’s draft text
*Draft elements of the final act to be adopted at the anticipated diplomatic conference
*Information for participants

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