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Sixth session of the Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

3-7 November 2014 | UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP) headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand

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Summary Highlights of the Conference
Sculpture “Pez-Peste” by Nicholas Garcia Uriburu, Argentina, that was presented to INC2 as a reminder of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination and pollution. (photo courtesy of UNEP)
Flags wave in the wind outside the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, that saw the close of the INC6 meeting on Friday.
Sculpture “Pez-Peste” by Nicholas Garcia Uriburu, Argentina, that was presented to INC2 as a reminder of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination and pollution. (photo courtesy of UNEP)
Delegates gathered for a first reading of technical guidance relating to exemptions and notifications.
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Monday, 3 November

The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC6) opened Monday in Bangkok, Thailand. During the opening session, delegates were welcomed by Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head of UNEP Chemicals Branch, INC Chair Fernando Lugris (Uruguay), and Suphot Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Thailand). Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlighted the allocation of US$ 141 million for implementation of the Minamata Convention over the next four years and presented a video which urged early ratification of the Minamata Convention. Delegates also heard statements from some of the parties that have ratified the Convention, including the US, Guinea, and Gabon, all of whom encouraged other countries to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.



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Naoko Ishii, CEO, GEF
Suphot Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Fernando Lugris, INC Chair
Bangaly Dioumessy, Ministry of the Environment, Water and Forests, Guinea
John Thompson, US State Department

Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
Serge Molly Allo'o Allo'o, Ministry of Forests, Environment and Natural Resource Protection, Gabon


Tuesday, 4 November

On Tuesday morning, INC6 delegates convened in plenary to continue their work to prepare for the entry into force of the Minamata Convention and the first meeting of the Conference of Parties. At the start of the session, Chair Lugris announced that Nicaragua had submitted its instrument of ratification, becoming the eighth party to the Minamata Convention.

In the afternoon, plenary was suspended to allow delegates to meet in contact groups on technical issues and finance. The groups worked late into the evening.


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Panel (L-R): Sheila Logan, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia; Karel Blaha, Czech Republic; John Whitelaw, UNEP; and Stephanie Laruelle, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Co-Chair Karel Blaha, Czech Republic
Co-Chair Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia

R.N. Jindal, India
Alison Dickson, Canada

Delegates gathered in the contact group to discuss issues related to financial resources and mechanism.

Elise Haber, South Africa
O. O. Dada, Nigeria

Wednesday, 5 November

On Wednesday, INC6 delegates convened in plenary in the morning and heard reports from the co-chairs of the contact groups on technical issues and finance. They began work on effectiveness evaluation (Article 22) and the Conference of the Parties (Article 23) in plenary and continued their work in contact groups on technical issues and finance in the late morning and afternoon. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by Switzerland.


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Panel (L-R): Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP; Fernando Lugris, INC Chair; Jacob Duer, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Masa Nagai, UNEP; and Nina Cromnier, Sweden, Rapporteur

Karel Blaha, Czech Republic, Co-Chair of contact group on Technical Issues
Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia, Co-Chair of contact group on Technical Issues

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF
Kimberly Cochran, US
Greg Filyk, Canada, Co-Chair of the contact group on Finance

Sheila Logan, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Delegates gathered to discuss technical issues in the contact group.

Thursday, 6 November

On Thursday, INC6 delegates convened in plenary in the morning to hear reports from Contact Groups on finance and technical issues. They also addressed issues including Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM), environmentally sound interim storage, mercury wastes and contaminated sites. Contact Groups during the day to discuss rules and reporting, technical issues and finance. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Thailand before returning to the Contact Groups on finance, and rules and reporting.



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Delegates gathered to finalize technical issues in the Contact Group.

Paulina Riquelme, Chile
Oladele Osibanjo, Nigeria
Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland


Friday, 7 November

On Friday, INC6 delegates convened in plenary in the morning to hear reports from the Co-Chairs of the Contact Groups on finance and rules and reporting. Plenary was then suspended until 3:00 pm to allow the Contact Groups additional time.

In the afternoon, delegates reconvened in plenary to consider the work completed by the contact groups and to address other business, including the report of the Interim Secretariat on its activities.

Noting that the intersessional period will be “intense” as preparations for INC7 – and ultimately COP1 – continue, Chair Lugris thanked participants for their hard work and gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:20 pm



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As Fatoumata Keita-Ouane announced her retirement as Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP, during the closing plenary, Fernando Lugris, INC Chair, presented her flowers to thank her for all her work.

Delegates gathered in the Contact Group to discuss rules and reporting.

Delegates gathered in the Contact Group to discuss issues related to finance.

Luca Arnold, Switzerland
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan
Reginald Hernaus, The Netherlands

Francis Kihumba, Kenya
Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization
Kevin Helps, UNEP

Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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Related Links
INC 6 Resources

*INC 6 Website

*INC 6 Annotated Provisional Agenda

*INC 6 Scenario Note

*Text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

*Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury


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