Highlights and images for 20 November 2018



Delegates conferring with Iran regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GEF

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP2) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury met for a second day on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Delegates met in plenary and in contact groups, and discussed:

  • technical matters, specifically mercury waste, interim storage, releases and contaminated sites;
  • institutional issues regarding the secretariat;
  • budget and programme of work;
  • effectiveness evaluation;
  • open burning; and
  • financial rules.

For more details on the day’s events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from COP2.

Photos by IISD/ENB | Sean Wu

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The dais during the morning plenary
Reginald Hernaus, the Netherlands
Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia
Delegates from Luxembourg
Delegates from Mexico
Karel Blaha, Czech Republic
Charles Kanu Ikeah, Nigeria
Susanna Tiansuwan, Thailand
President of COP2, Marc Chardonnens, Switzerland
Michael Bender, Zero Mercury Working Group
Fiasosoitamalii Siaosi, Samoa
Delegates during plenary
The dais in informal discussions
Imelda Dossou Etui, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and Toī Pagnibam Meba, Togo
Dhammika Kumari Wijaysinghe, Sri Lanka
Helga Schrott, the EU
Paul Almodóvar, US
Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran
Eyad Ibrahim, Syria
Michel Tschirren, Switzerland
The dais during the afternoon plenary
Enrique Moret Hernández, Cuba
Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation
Mohamed Elmi Obsieh, Djibouti
Francis Kihumba, Kenya
Nigeria delegation
Franz Perrez, Switzerland, consulting with US and the EU
Contact Groups
Contact Group on Budget
Contact Group on Institutional Issues
Contact Group on Technical Issues Including Waste
Around the Venue



Negotiating blocs
European Union