The fifth and final day of the resumed fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4.2) alternated between plenary sessions, resumed contact group sessions, and bilateral consultations in an effort to conclude agreement on all topics.
At noon, the plenary convened to hear progress reports from contact groups, elect members of the Bureau, Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) and the Governing Body of the Special International Programme on capacity building and technical assistance (SIP), and agree on a date and venue for COP-5. Claudia Dumitru, Romania, was elected COP-5 President. COP-5 was tentatively set for 28 October – 4 November 2023 in Geneva, depending on availability of the venue.
Plenary resumed in the evening, and met until the wee hours of Saturday. By the time COP-4.2 gaveled to a close, decisions were adopted on the following items:
- National reporting;
- Enhanced cooperation between the Secretariats of the Minamata Convention and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions;
- The terms of reference for the next review of the financial mechanism;
- Updated guidance for preparing national action plans regarding mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM);
- Gender mainstreaming in Minamata Convention activities;
- International cooperation;
- Guidance for methodology for preparing national inventories of mercury releases;
- Waste thresholds;
- Effectiveness evaluation;
- Review and amendment of Annexes A and B; and
- Budget and Programme of Work.
President Ratnawati closed the meeting at 5:21 am Saturday 26 March.
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of this meeting will be available on Monday, 28 March 2022, on this webpage.