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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 Wednesday, 5 November 2014

On Wednesday, INC6 delegates convened in plenary in the morning and heard reports from the co-chairs of the contact groups on technical issues and finance. They began work on effectiveness evaluation (Article 22) and the Conference of the Parties (Article 23) in plenary and continued their work in contact groups on technical issues and finance in the late morning and afternoon. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by Switzerland.

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 gather informally to discuss a variety of issues.
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Morning Session

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

Karel Blaha, Czech Republic, Co-Chair of contact group on Technical Issues
Jimena Nieto-Carrasco, Colombia, Co-Chair of contact group on Technical Issues

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF
Kimberly Cochran, US
Greg Filyk, Canada, Co-Chair of the contact group on Finance

Sheila Logan, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Mariano Castro, Peru
Mahmood Hasan Khan, Bangladesh
Kazuhiro Takahashi, Japan

Contact Group on Technical Issues

Delegates gathered to discuss technical issues in the contact group.

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan
Christopher Allen, European Union
Mohamed Ismail, Egypt

Delegates are fully engaged in the discussion.

Contact Group on Finance

Panel (L-R): Meera Laurijssen, Interim Secretariat; Co-Chair Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica; Co-Chair Greg Filyk, Canada; Jacob Duer, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention; and Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, UNEP

Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway
O. O. Dada, Nigeria

Leticia Reis de Carvalho, Brazil
Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina

Side Event: Towards Sound Management of Chemicals

Panel (L-R): Abdul-Kazeem Bayero, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria; Long Rithirak, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia; Ibrahima Sow, GEF; Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, UNEP; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; Nina Cromnier, Swedish Chemicals Agency; Kevin Helps, UNEP; and Moderator Cyrille Siewe, UNEP

Moderator Cyrille Siewe, UNEP
Nina Cromnier, Swedish Chemicals Agency
Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, UNEP

The Swiss Break






Scenes from around the venue






Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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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