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1st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1)

24-29 September 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Minamata Convention on Mercury Entry Into Force

Members of the public visit a "mercury drop" on display outside the Palais des Nations, UN Headquarters in Geneva, to raise awareness about mercury as COP1 begins

The first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, under the theme “Make Mercury History,” began on Sunday, 24 September and is scheduled to conclude on Friday, 29 September 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. During a brief opening ceremony, delegates heard opening speeches from Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland, and Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Director, UN Environment.

Delegates then convened in a plenary to address organizational matters, including election of officers, rules of procedure, and the appointment of a credentials committee. Delegates then established a Committee of the Whole (COW) chaired by Fernando Lugris, Uruguay.

After a round of general statements, the COP engaged in discussions on provisionally adopted guidance documents related to supply sources and trade, exemptions for phase-out dates, and emissions.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports for COP1. The summary and analysis is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening Plenary



Musicians welcome delegates to the first day of COP1


Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment

Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention


Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, is welcomed onto the podium after being elected COP1 President


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, is elected Chair for the Committee of the Whole (CoW)

Philip Weech, the Bahamas, speaking on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Babajide Alo, Nigeria

Kaupo Heinma, EU

Mick Saito, Japan, speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Region


Charles Brown, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry

Margaret Kaemba, Zambia, speaking on behalf of the African Group


Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

M.R. Karliansyah, Indonesia


Shinobu Sakamoto, a woman living with fetal Minamata disease, speaks on behalf of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) and the Zero Mercury Working Group


Around the Venue


Delegates meet informally before the start of the opening plenary




Gregor Filyk, Canada


The mercury drop on display outside the Palais des Nations


A young boy admires the inside of the mercury drop




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