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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 Wednesday, 16 January 2013
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

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.

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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Delegates from Iran consulting

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Marie Alice Limage, Haiti

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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan

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Amit Narang, India

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L-R: Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines, in a discussion with Mohamed Hassan Al Zaer, Saudi Arabia

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

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Legal Group Co-Chair Susan Biniaz, US

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

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L-R: Nina von Buren; Thuvarama Vivekanantharajam; and Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland

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L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications of Switzerland; Tim Kasten, UNEP; INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay; Jacob Duer, INC Team Coordinator, UNEP; and Masa Nagai, UNEP

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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

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INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, holding the chocolate reminder to conclude the negotiations.

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Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications of Switzerland

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

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Ryutaro Yatsu, Japan

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Henrik Eriksen, Norway

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Amb. Evan Garcia, the Philippines

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L-R: Co-Chairs Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria and Donald Hannah, New Zealand, with Sheila Logan, UNEP

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Contact group session on selected technical articles

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Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto, Colombia and Anne Daniel, Canada

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INC5 Snapshots
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Intenational POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) Fish Action to raise awareness on mercury pollution.

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L-R: Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, with Nick Nutall, UNEP

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L-R: Lote Rusaqoli, Fiji; Fuatino Leota, Samoa; and Farran Redfern, Kiribati

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L-R: Dale Evarts, US; Xumei Zhu, China; Shuxiao Wang, China; and Paulina Riquelme, Chile

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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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