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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 Thursday, 17 January 2013
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

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.

L-R: Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles Co-Chair Donald Hannah, New Zealand, in a discussion with delegates from India.
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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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Vilma Morales, Peru

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Jimena Nieto, Colombia

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Jeffie Kaine, Australia

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Delegates from the US and EU in discussion with Contact Group on Finance, Technical Assistance and Technology Transfer Co-Chair Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

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Diogo Coelho, Brazil

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Ajay Tyagi, India

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Hadi Farajuand, Iran

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L-R: Kaj Madsen, Sylvie Lemmet, and Desiree Narvaez, UNEP

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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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INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, with "Pez-Peste".

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L-R: Dais during the afternoon plenary with Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Tim Kasten, UNEP; INC Chair Fernando Lugris, Uruguay; Jacob Duer, INC Team Coordinator, UNEP; Masa Nagai, UNEP; and Nina Cromnier, Rapporteur, Sweden

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Jeffrey Headley, Barbados

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Malverne Spencer, Antigua and Barbuda

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Dwayne Curtis, Bahamas

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L-R: Maria Luisa Escorel, Brazil, in a discussion with Marie Alice Limage, Haiti

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L-R: David Sproule, Canada, in a conversation with Satoru Iino, Japan

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Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles
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L-R: Co-Chair Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria and David Piper, UNEP

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Contact group session on selected technical articles

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Contact Group on Health Aspects and Implementation Plans
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Co-Chairs Katerina Sebkova, Czech Republic, and Luis Espinosa, Ecuador

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

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Contact group session on emissions and releases

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INC5 Snapshots
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L-R: Nuala Bannon, EU, in conversation with Felipe Ferreira, Brazil

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L-R: Delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean with Vilma Morales, Peru, Mirtha Almada, Paraguay, Elsa Ferreras, Dominican Republic, and Maria Inés Esquivel, Panama

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Delegates from Algeria consulting

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L-R: Frederic Gallo, UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan, consulting with Ana Garcia, Spain

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L-R: UNEP's Mercury Partnership leaders with Ana Garcia, Spain; Manuel Ramos, Spain; Karissa Kover, US; Marianne Bailey, US; Lesley Sloss, International Energy Agency - Clean Coal Center; Susan Keane, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Ken Davis, US; and Ludovic Bernaudat, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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Flags outside the CICG

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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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