Highlights and images for 27 September 2017



Delegates attending the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury met in a brief session of the Committee of the Whole (COW) on Wednesday morning. Contact groups on reporting, the financial mechanism, programme of work and budget, and technical issues convened thereafter.

Friends of the Chair on secretariat functions continued to convene in bilateral meetings throughout the day.

Delegates also engaged in a thematic dialogue on water during the lunch break.

During the COW session, delegates recognized Rwanda for becoming a decision-making party, having ratified the Convention in June.

In the evening, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) premiered their movie “Make Mercury History.”

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports for COP1. The summary and analysis is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Morning Session - Committee of the Whole (COW)

View of the dais during the morning session

Gregor Filyk, Canada, Co-Chair of the Financial Mechanism Contact Group

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina

Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Karissa Kovner, US, Co-Chair of the Technical Issues Contact Group

David Kapindula, Zambia, Co-Chair of the Reporting Contact Group

Rwanda changes its placard after having ratified the Convention

Contact Groups Throughout the Day

Contact Group on Reporting

Contact Group on Programme of Work and Budget

Contact Group on the Financial Mechanism

Informal Consultations Throughout the Day

Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, speaks with delegates

Delegates from Saudi Arabia

Delegates from the Russian Federation

A representative from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) speaks with delegates from Iran

Delegates from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Ghana

Andrew McNee, Australia

A delegate uses the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to keep track of proceedings

Delegates from the Island Sustainability Alliance and Kiribati

Delegates from Iran and the US

Delegates from Kenya

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair, speaks with Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway

Around the Venue

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, COW Chair

Delegates from Turkey

Delegates from Indonesia

Delegates from Comoros

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment, with Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

David Simone, The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

Delegates from Ghana

Delegates from Namibia and Senegal

Delegates take photos with balls of mercury in an interactive booth hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)