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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 Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Minamata Convention on Mercury Entry Into Force

Representatives from International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) hold an action to raise awareness about the mercury content in face creams

The first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, met on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 in the Committee of the Whole (COW), and discussed thresholds, contaminated sites, financial rules, the Implementation and Compliance Committee, the Programme of Work and budget, and emissions guidance, among others.

Contact groups on the financial mechanism and reporting met during the day, with a newly established contact group on technical issues convening in the evening. A Friends of the Chair group also met on the sidelines of the meeting to continue consideration of the secretariat functions.

Delegates also engaged in a thematic dialogue on air during the lunch break, and attended a Minamata Convention Initial Assessment (MIA) clinic. In the evening, the Government of Switzerland hosted a reception fondly known as a “Swiss Break.” Delegates recognized Argentina and Croatia for ratifying the Convention, bringing the total ratifications to date to 83.

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 Session - Committee of the Whole (COW)


View of the dais during the morning COW


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina


Alexandr Solovianov, Basel Convention Regional Center (BCRC) Russian Federation

Gregor Filyk, Canada, Co-Chair of the Financial Mechanism Contact Group

César Murillo Juárez, Mexico


Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez Pérez, Chile

Kouame Georges Kouadio, Côte d'Ivoire

Ali Al Ghamdi, Saudi Arabia


Hiroshi Nishida, Mayor of Minamata City, is welcomed to plenary


Vinicius Trindade, Brazil

Oleg Pecheniuk, Independent Ecological Expertise (IEE)

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Zero Mercury Working Group


Christoffer Back Vestli, Norway

Aneta Willems, EU



Afternoon Session - COW


View of the dais during afternoon COW


Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines, speaking on behalf of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group (PAG)

Philip Weech, the Bahamas


Georg Karlaganis, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Rodica Ella Ivan, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

César De las Casas, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)


Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

Jorge Ocaña, UNITAR, speaking on behalf of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals



Contact Groups Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Financial Mechanism


Contact Group on Reporting


Swiss Break


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair, and Franz Perrez, Switzerland, welcome delegates to the Swiss Break


Traditional Swiss wrestling




Around the Venue


Members of the interim Secretariat meet informally before the start of plenary


Kei Ohno, BRS Secretariat, and Karissa Kovner, US

Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; John Roberts, UK, Co-Chair of the former Best Available Technologies/ Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) Expert Group; John Whitelaw, Consultant with the Interim Secretariat, and Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair


Delegates refer to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website to keep track of negotiations


Georg Karlaganis, UNITAR, and Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan


Delegates between sessions




In an interactive display hosted by IDEA Consultants and Nippon Instruments Corporation (NIC) from Japan, delegates are able to test the levels of mercury found in their body through a hair test - a hair sample is collected, weighed and sent into an incinerator where the mercury is released in a gas form. Using a gold amalgamation, the mercury is then extracted, allowing delegates to know their mercury levels within 6 minutes.





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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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