Rosa Vivian Ratnawati, Indonesia, upon election to be the President of the COP4 Bureau
COP3 delegates discussed cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international organizations during the morning and resumed their work in contact groups for the rest of the day and into the night. Delegates also elected Rosa Vivien (Indonesia) as President of COP4, by acclamation.
During the discussion on international cooperation and coordination, WHO highlighted health-related activities relevant to the Minamata Convention, including the WHO guidance on prioritization and planning for implementation of the health-related articles of the Minamata Convention and regional workshops. The ILO discussed the promotion of ILO international instruments for the prevention of occupational diseases caused by mercury, projects in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector and other relevant ILO activities in support of the implementation of the Convention.
The Global Mercury Partnership (GMP) informed plenary that the tenth meeting of the GMP Advisory Group highlighted intended future actions, including further refinement of mercury emissions factors, development of a centralized database on mercury, and guidance on waste management technologies. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), speaking as Chair for the Global Mercury Advisory Group, provided updates on UNEP activities undertaken in relation to work on mercury. The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) noted that mercury would be addressed at the fifth meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management meeting (ICCM-5) scheduled for October 2020. The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) discussed cooperation with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on ASGM under its planetGOLD programme. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) highlighted its technical assistance on capacity building, including its online MercuryLearn training course for inventories.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discussed its interest in supporting effectiveness evaluation under the Convention with quality assurance data for fish, biota and other indicators. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) discussed technical assistance for monitoring data under its Global Observation System for Mercury (GOS4M). The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) highlighted work tackling mercury emissions associated with cement production, smelters, and waste management. Zero Mercury Group discussed achievements in the phaseout of high mercury products including actions undertaken by Amazon, Ebay, and Alibaba.
Some pointed to the group of indigenous leaders in plenary as a glaring reminder of the communities that could be impacted by the COP3 decisions. The Indigenous Federation of Madre De Dios, Peru, stressed the need to integrate the voices, and reflect the impact and needs, of indigenous communities in the work of the Minamata Convention. He urged parties to support ways to look at how mercury is impacting indigenous people.
With one day left, there was a sense of urgency by some and dread by others as Contact Groups continued their work into the night. The Contact Groups on Technical Matters, Effectiveness Evaluation, and Budget, together with the Friends of the President Group, are expected to conclude their deliberations by Friday, 29 November.
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