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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
Highlights for Sunday, 13 Janaury 2013
 
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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.

INC5 participants were greeted with traditional Swiss alphorn and flag throwing before the start of the opening plenary. Photo courtesy of Christophe Marchat/UNEP
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Opening Plenary
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Jacob Duer, INC Team Coordinator, UNEP, welcomed participants to INC5.

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Bruno Oberle, State Secretary and Head of the Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland

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INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay

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Bakary Kante, UNEP, delivered a message on behalf of Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

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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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Franz Perrez, Switzerland

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Amb. Ulises Cauchola, Mexico

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Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria

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Zang Wenchao, China

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Teruyoshi Hayamizu, Japan

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Daniel Reifsnyder, US

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L-R: Peruvian delegates Luz Caballero and Vilma Morales

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Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan

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Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation

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Danika Littlechild, International Indian Treaty Council

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Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization

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Nuala Bannon, EU

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Kazuaki Miyagishima, World Organization for Animal Health

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Omer Caspi, Israel

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L-R: Tim Kasten, UNEP, confers with Chair Lugris

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Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles
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View of the evening contact group on selected technical articles

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L-R: Contact Group Co-Chairs Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria, Karel Bláha, Czech Republic, and Sheila Logan, UNEP

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Delegates from Malaysia

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Lunch Reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland
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L-R: Delegates from Colombia accepting the Mercury Club Bronze award from Chair Lugris and Tim Kasten, UNEP.
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Participants from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US

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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

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of Mercury INC4, 27 June - 2 July 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay
IISD RS coverage of the UNEP Twelfth Special Session of the Governing Council (GCSS)/ GMEF, 27 June - 2 July 2012, Punta del Este, Uruguay
IISD RS summary and analysis of Mercury INC3, 31 October - 4 November 2011, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-26/GMEF, 21-24 February 2011, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS summary and analysis of Mercury INC2, 24-28 January 2011, Chiba, Japan (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary and analysis of 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 UNEP 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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