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

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Mercury COP1) will be held from 24-29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Regional and other consultations will be held all day on Saturday, 23 September and on the morning of Sunday, 24 September, with COP 1 scheduled to begin at 3pm on Sunday.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is set to come into force on 16 August 2017 with ratification by over 50 countries. Delegates attending COP1 are expected to consider a number of issues regarding matters stipulated: under the Convention, by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Minamata Convention, and by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee. These include, among others, matters related to mercury supply sources and trade, emissions, financial resources and mechanism, compliance and effectiveness evaluation.

A High-Level Segment, hosted by the President of Switzerland, is set to convene from 28-29 September, under the banner “Making Mercury History,” where high-level delegates are anticipated to celebrate their commitment to the Convention.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will provide daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from COP1. Kindly return to this website on Sunday, 24 September 2017, for more information.

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Specific funding for coverage of Mercury COP 1 has been provided by the European Union (EU)

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 EU 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.

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