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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

Highlights for Monday, 25 September 2017

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Minamata Convention on Mercury Entry Into Force

A delegate poses with a skin cream found to contain mercury after being tested at COP1

The first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury convened for a second day on Monday, 25 September 2017. Meeting in a Committee of the Whole (COW) chaired by Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, delegates discussed issues related to, among others: reporting; financial mechanism including the specific international programme; the Memorandum of Understanding between the COP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council; guidance to the GEF; the functions of a permanent secretariat; and effectiveness evaluation.

Two contact groups to further discuss reporting and financial mechanism were established and convened during the day. A Friends of the Chair group met in the evening to consider the permanent functions of the secretariat. Delegates also engaged in a thematic dialogue on land during the lunch break, and also attended a Minamata Convention Initial Assessment (MIA) clinic.

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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Morning Plenary - Committee of the Whole (COW)


View of the dais (L-R): Sheila Logan, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair; Claudia Ten Have, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Stadler Trengove, Legal Advisor; and Nina Cromnier, Sweden, Rapporteur


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

Angela Rivera, Colombia, speaking on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines

Toï Pagnibam Meba, Togo

Karissa Kovner, US



Sunee Piyapanpong, Thailand

Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran


Serge Molly Allo'o Allo'o, Gabon

Chizuru Aoki, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Andrei Pilipchuk, Belarus


Franz Perrez, Switzerland

Marc D'Iorio, Canada

Fuatino Matatumua-Leota, Samoa


Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica


Afternoon Plenary


View of the room during the afternoon plenary


Gbenakpon Macandjou Sandra Gonou, Benin

Najib Rahman Said, Afghanistan


Ji-Young Lim, Republic of Korea

Anahit Aleksandryan, Armenia

Andrew McNee, Australia



David Lennett, Zero Mercury Working Group

Nohelia Carolina Vargas Idiáquez, Nicaragua

Yingxian Xia, China


Sam Adu-Kumi, Ghana, speaking on behalf of the African Group

Puta Tofinga, Kiribati


Lilian Corra, International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)

Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Elsa Ferreras de Sánchez, Dominican Republic



Contact Groups Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Reporting


Contact Group on the Financial Mechanism


Around the Venue



Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment, speaks with Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

John Whitelaw, Consultant with the Interim Secretariat (center), speaks with delegates from the US and Uruguay


Delegates from Japan

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions (right), with delegates from India and Lebanon



Delegates speak informally



A display listing the countries that have ratified the Minamata Convention, made from the wooden nameplates used at the Diplomatic Conference in Kumamoto in 2013 and refabricated by a Minamata disease patient and carpenter


Skin products are tested at the venue to see if they contain mercury




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Specific funding for coverage of Mercury COP 1 has been provided by the European Union (EU),
the Government of Switzerland, and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
EU Swiss Government Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the EC and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Specific funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the EU and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).

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