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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 Friday, 7 November 2014

On Friday, INC6 delegates convened in plenary in the morning to hear reports from the Co-Chairs of the Contact Groups on finance and rules and reporting. Plenary was then suspended until 3:00 pm to allow the Contact Groups additional time.

In the afternoon, delegates reconvened in plenary to consider the work completed by the contact groups and to address other business, including the report of the Interim Secretariat on its activities.

Noting that the intersessional period will be “intense” as preparations for INC7 – and ultimately COP1 – continue, Chair Lugris thanked participants for their hard work and gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:20 pm

Please return to this site on Monday, 10 November, for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of INC6.

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)
Flags wave in the wind outside the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, that saw the close of the INC6 meeting on Friday.
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As Fatoumata Keita-Ouane announced her retirement as Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP, during the closing plenary, Fernando Lugris, INC Chair, presented her flowers to thank her for all her work.

Contact Group on Rules and Reporting

Delegates gathered in the Contact Group to discuss rules and reporting.

Simon Parker, European Union
Jennifer Landsidle, US

Paulina Riquelme, Chile
Kong Xiangwen, China
Silvia Maciunas, Canada

Contact Group on Finance

Delegates gathered in the Contact Group to discuss issues related to finance.

Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina
Mick Saito, Japan
Hadi Farajvand, Iran

Che Kodis Baharum, Malaysia
Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway

Closing Plenary

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

Luca Arnold, Switzerland
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan
Reginald Hernaus, The Netherlands

Francis Kihumba, Kenya
Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization
Kevin Helps, UNEP

Side Events

Side event hosted by the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry that discussed implementing Minamata Annex A-2 and amalgam phasedown strategies that work.

Side event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran, that discussed mercury emissions reduction in the chlor-alkali sector. Discussions focused on the conversion to membrane technology and the experience in Iran of the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company.

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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*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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