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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 Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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Minamata Convention on Mercury Entry Into Force

Representatives from International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) offer tuna sandwiches to delegates to raise awareness about mercury levels in fish

Delegates attending the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury met in a brief session of the Committee of the Whole (COW) on Wednesday morning. Contact groups on reporting, the financial mechanism, programme of work and budget, and technical issues convened thereafter.

Friends of the Chair on secretariat functions continued to convene in bilateral meetings throughout the day.

Delegates also engaged in a thematic dialogue on water during the lunch break.

During the COW session, delegates recognized Rwanda for becoming a decision-making party, having ratified the Convention in June.

In the evening, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) premiered their movie “Make Mercury History.”

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 session


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

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina


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

Karissa Kovner, US, Co-Chair of the Technical Issues Contact Group

David Kapindula, Zambia, Co-Chair of the Reporting Contact Group


Rwanda changes its placard after having ratified the Convention


Contact Groups Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Reporting


Contact Group on Programme of Work and Budget


Contact Group on the Financial Mechanism


Informal Consultations Throughout the Day


Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, speaks with delegates


Delegates from Saudi Arabia

Delegates from the Russian Federation


A representative from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) speaks with delegates from Iran

Delegates from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Ghana


Andrew McNee, Australia


A delegate uses the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to keep track of proceedings


Delegates from the Island Sustainability Alliance and Kiribati

Delegates from Iran and the US


Delegates from Kenya

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair, speaks with Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway



Around the Venue


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair


Delegates from Turkey

Delegates from Indonesia


Delegates from Comoros


Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment, with Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

David Simone, The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)


Delegates from Ghana

Delegates from Namibia and Senegal





Delegates take photos with balls of mercury in an interactive booth hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)




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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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