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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 Tuesday, 4 November 2014

On Tuesday morning, INC6 delegates convened in plenary to continue their work to prepare for the entry into force of the Minamata Convention and the first meeting of the Conference of Parties. At the start of the session, Chair Lugris announced that Nicaragua had submitted its instrument of ratification, becoming the eighth party to the Minamata Convention.

In the afternoon, plenary was suspended to allow delegates to meet in contact groups on technical issues and finance. The groups worked late into the evening.

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)
Delegates gathered for a first reading of technical guidance relating to exemptions and notifications
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Morning Session

Fernando Lugris, INC Chair
Jacob Duer, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway
Judith Torres, Uruguay

Jean Claude Emene Elenga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Hadi Farajvand, Iran
Xia Yingxian, China

Mohamed Ismail El Sehamy, Egypt
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland

Kasimu Bayero, Nigeria
Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan
Fredrick Mupoti Sikabongo, Namibia

Contact Group on Technical Issues

Panel (L-R): Sheila Logan, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia; Karel Blaha, Czech Republic; John Whitelaw, UNEP; and Stephanie Laruelle, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Co-Chair Karel Blaha, Czech Republic
Co-Chair Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia

R.N. Jindal, India
Alison Dickson, Canada

Contact Group on Finance

Delegates gathered in the contact group to discuss issues related to financial resources and mechanism

Elise Haber, South Africa
O. O. Dada, Nigeria

Side Event: Accelerating the National Ratification of the Minamata Convention: Experience-sharing Across Countries and Regions

Panel (L-R): Achim Halpaap, Associate Director, UNITAR; Luca Arnold, Switzerland; Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions; Jacob Duer, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; and Kei Ohno, Secretariat of the BRS Conventions

Achim Halpaap, UNITAR
Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the BRS Conventions
Kei Ohno, Secretariat of the BRS Conventions

Jacob Duer, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, UNEP
Luca Arnold, Switzerland

Side Event: New materials available from WHO to support implementation of the Convention provisions on mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers used in health care and the development of guidance on public health strategies as part of National Action Plans for ASGM

Delegates listen attentively during the WHO side event

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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Related Links
INC 6 Resources

*INC 6 Website

*INC 6 Annotated Provisional Agenda

*INC 6 Scenario Note

*Text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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


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