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Sixth session of the Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

3-7 November 2014 | UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP) headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand

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Highlights for Monday, 3 November 2014
The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC6) opened Monday in Bangkok, Thailand. During the opening session, delegates were welcomed by Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head of UNEP Chemicals Branch, INC Chair Fernando Lugris (Uruguay), and Suphot Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Thailand). Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlighted the allocation of US$ 141 million for implementation of the Minamata Convention over the next four years and presented a video which urged early ratification of the Minamata Convention. Delegates also heard statements from some of the parties that have ratified the Convention, including the US, Guinea, and Gabon, all of whom encouraged other countries to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.

INC6 then considered the organization of work, adopted the meeting agenda without amendment and heard opening statements from delegates.

In the afternoon, INC6 reconvened in plenary to commence work to prepare for entry into force of the Minamata Convention and the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1). Delegates first considered Article 3 (mercury supply sources and trade), and then Article 6 (exemptions available to a party upon request). Following initial discussions and the introduction of two conference room papers by the United States, INC6 agreed to establish a contact group to address technical issues related to these articles. The group will be co-chaired by Jimena Nieto-Carrasco (Colombia) and Karel Blaha (Czech Republic).

Following the close of plenary at 6:00 pm, delegates attended a reception hosted by the GEF.

Sculpture “Pez-Peste” by Nicholas Garcia Uriburu, Argentina, that was presented to INC2 as a reminder of the irreversible consequences of mercury contamination and pollution. (photo courtesy of UNEP)
Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP, welcomes delegates to INC6
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Opening Ceremony

Naoko Ishii, CEO, GEF
Suphot Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Fernando Lugris, INC Chair
Bangaly Dioumessy, Ministry of the Environment, Water and Forests, Guinea
John Thompson, US State Department

Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
Serge Molly Allo'o Allo'o, Ministry of Forests, Environment and Natural Resource Protection, Gabon

Organizational Matters and Opening Statements

Panel (L-R): Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, UNEP; Fernando Lugris, INC Chair; Jacob Duer, Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Masa Nagai, UNEP; and Nina Cromnier, Rapporteur

Carlo Zaghi, Italy
David Kapindula, INC Vice Chair, Zambia

Satoru Morishita, Japan
Gloria Leon, Paraguay

Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan
Luca Arnold, Switzerland

Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organisation
Vera Barrantes, UN Institute for Training and Research

Afternoon Plenary

Panel (L-R): Sheila Logan, Minamata Convention Interim Secretariat; Fernando Lugris, INC Chair; Jacob Duer, Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; and Nina Cromnier, Rapporteur

Sheila Logan, Minamata Convention Interim Secretariat
Christopher Allen, European Union

Karissa Kouner, USA
Pedro Tie Candido Souza, Brazil

Side Event: A conversation with the private sector on cooperating in the global effort to reduce and eliminate mercury pollution from industrial sources and the role of the GEF

Panel (L-R): Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP; Translator; Zhang Guomin, Xin Jiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd.; Translator; Yasuyuki Yamawake, Manager International Operations, Nomura Kohsan Co. Ltd.; Lesley Sloss, FRSC Fienvsci; and Dolf Van Wijk, Science and Regulatory Affairs Director, Euro Chlor

Naoko Ishii, GEF
Dolf Van Wijk, Euro Chlor
Zhang Guomin, Xin Jiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd.


GEF Reception




Scenes from around the venue




Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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*Text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

*Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury


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