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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

Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, and David Granger, President of Guyana

On Thursday, the Minamata COP1 High-Level Segment convened in the afternoon, with high-level delegates meeting in an opening ceremony, convening in eight ministerial roundtables and an interactive dialogue, and attending a ministerial dinner in the evening at the Palais des Nations.

The Committee of the Whole (COW) convened in the morning to hear progress reports, and in afternoon to recommend draft decisions to the COP.

An open-ended meeting of the Friends of the Chair group on secretariat functions met briefly to report on the outcome of bilateral meetings. Contact groups on reporting, and programme of work and budget convened at various points during the day. The COP held a “Moment for Minamata” over lunch time, and delegates attended a high-level event hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on implementation of the Minamata Convention.

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


Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia, Co-Chair of the Reporting Contact Group

Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Thailand, Co-Chair of the Technical Matters Contact Group


Italo Andrés Flamenco Cordova, El Salvador

Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica, Co-Chair of the Financial Mechanism Contact Group

Nassereddin Heidari, Iran


Reginald Hernaus, the Netherlands, Co-Chair of Programme of Work and Budget Contact Group

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina



Opening of the High-Level Segment


Delegates are welcomed to the opening of the high-level segement with traditional Swiss music


View of the dais during the opening of the high-level segment


Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation

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


Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment


Delegates during the high-level segment


The United Nations Uniting for Minamata High-Level Event


The event, moderated by Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health of the World Health Organization (WHO), is held in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations


David Granger, President of Guyana, delivers the keynote address


Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment

Li Yong, Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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


Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP)


Ministerial family photo


Around the Palais des Nations



Dignitaries at the Venue


UN Security around the venue


Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, welcomes David Granger, President of Guyana, to the venue

Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, is welcomed to the venue


A bilateral meeting is held between Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, and David Granger, President of Guyana


Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, with Sena Sawai, Minamata Goodwill Ambassador

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment, and David Granger, President of Guyana


Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment, and Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation

Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Hiroshi Nishida, Mayor of Minamata City, Japan



Minamata Moment


Delegates gather for the 'Minamata Moment' to reflect on the history of Minamata


Shinobu Sakamoto, a woman living with fetal Minamata disease

Hiroshi Nishida, Mayor of Minamata City, Japan

Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF)



Around the Venue


Delegates huddle during the Contact Group on Programme of Work and Budget


Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway, Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair, and Yingxian Xia, China


Delegates from Norway

Delegates from India and Iceland


Delegates from Ghana


Delegates speak informally



Evans Louis, Haiti, Gregory Bailey, Antigua and Barbuda, and Franklyn Connor, Saint Kitts and Nevis





Representatives from International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) test a face cream brought by a delegate to measure mercury content




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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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