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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 Friday, 18 January 2013
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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 Tuesday, 22 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.

Chair Lugris gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:42am.
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ENB team with Jacob Duer, UNEP, Chair Lugris, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Tim Kasten, UNEP

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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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Chair Lugris holding up "Pez-Peste"

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Video message from Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

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L-R: Alejandro Rivera, Mexico and Maria Fabiana Loguzzo, Argentina in consultation with Chair Lugris.

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Delegates from Colombia in consultation with the US

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

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Some delegates are taking advantage of the long break to catch some sleep while waiting for plenary to reconvene.

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12:15am: Plenary expected to reconvene at 1:30am.

9:30pm:
Plenary reconvened at 7:17pm. Co-Chair Hannah reported that the contact group on selected technical articles had completed its work, emphasizing the phase-out of primary mercury mining as a “major outcome,” as well as significant concessions in reaching agreement on phased-out and phase-down dates for products and processes. He also noted the need for high-level political discussion on imports of mercury or mercury compounds. Co-Chair Roberts reported on the completion of the work of the contact group on emissions and releases, with certain brackets remaining for consideration by plenary.

Chair Lugris drew attention to: unresolved issues in the preamble and in relation to financial issues and compliance; and ongoing consultations on national implementation plans. Underscoring the need for quick progress on financial issues and compliance, Nigeria, with the Russian Federation, Japan, Iran and Iraq, suggested that Chair Lugris, with the relevant contact groups’ Co-Chairs, draft compromise text for consideration by plenary. Chair Lugris announced that plenary will reconvene at 11:00 pm.

6:00pm:
Plenary expected to reconvene at 7:00pm.


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INC Chair Lugris addressing the plenary

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Delegates from Malaysia

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Murad Al Fakih, Yemen

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Issam Qasem, State of Palestine

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Delegates from Denmark

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L-R: Delegates from Serbia, Croatia, and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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L-R: Ram Seenauth, Mauritius; Fatou Ndiaye, Senegal; and Haidar Rababah, Jordan

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Delegates from the Russian Federation

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L-R: Participants from Zero Mercury Working Group and NRDC in discussion with Diogo Coelho, Brazil

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L-R: Yoko Masuzawa, Nagoya University; Osamu Sakamoto, EX Research Institute; and Yukari Takamura, Nagoya University

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Delegates from Indonesia

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L-R: David Piper, UNEP; Christopher Allen, EU; Brenda Koekkoek, UNEP; and Mijke Hertoghs, UNEP

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L-R: Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles Co-Chair Donald Hannah, New Zealand (center), with UNEP and INC5 delegates

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L-R: Delegates from Industry with Arseen Seys, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic); Allan Jones, World Chlorine Council; Martin Afonso Penna, World Chlorine Council; and Dolf van Wijk, Euro Chlor

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L-R: Beng Pausing and Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines with Desiree Narvaez, UNEP

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Delegates from Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Yemen

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2:30pm: On Friday, plenary convened at midday. Co-Chair Nieto reported that the contact group on articles of a legal nature was continuing work on compliance. Co-Chair Hannah reported that the contact group on selected technical articles was working on a package on articles 3 (supply sources and trade), 6 (mercury-added products) and 7 (processes).

Co-Chair Sebkova noted that some brackets remain pending in the article on national implementation plans, due to links with negotiations in other groups, including on finance. Co-Chair Jailani reported on the contact group on emissions and releases, noting continued work on articles 10 (emissions) and 11 (releases), and agreement to reflect in the meeting record the African Group’s proposal to add open burning of waste among sources of emissions of mercury and its compounds into the atmosphere, rather than to include it in the relevant annex.

Delegates provisionally adopted articles 2 (definitions), 8 (exemptions available to a party upon request) with some brackets, 12 (environmentally sound interim storage of mercury, other than waste mercury), 13 (mercury wastes), 16 (capacity building, technical assistance and technology transfer), 20 bis (health aspects) and annex F (list of point sources of emissions of mercury and mercury compounds to the atmosphere).


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Republic of Korea delegates, David Chung, Sung Ik Yang, and Junbeum Kim in a discussion with Gregory Helms, US

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L-R: Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles Co-Chairs Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria, and Donald Hannah, New Zealand, with David Piper, UNEP

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L-R: Desiree Narvaez, UNEP, confers with Contact Group on Selected Technical Articles Co-Chair Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria

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Delegates from the US consulting

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L-R: Christopher Allen, EU, in a discussion with John Thompson, US

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*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*Meeting provisional annotated agenda
*Scenario note
*Notes from Bureau meetings
*Chair’s draft text
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