Highlights and images for 22 November 2018



The dais during plenary

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP2) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury met on Thursday, 22 November 2018. Delegates heard reports from contact groups in the morning, and adopted the rules of procedure for the Implementation and Compliance Committee in a brief plenary. They then met in contact groups throughout the day to consider:

  • technical issues, including contaminated sites, interim storage, and harmonized customs codes;
  • effectiveness evaluation;
  • institutional issues pertaining to Secretariat arrangements; and
  • budget and programme of work.

A Friends of the President group on other outstanding issues also met during the day.In an evening plenary, the COP elected officers to the COP3 Bureau, and heard reports from contact groups.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.

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View of the plenary session
Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia
Nina Cromnier, Sweden
Anahit Aleksandryan, Armenia
Adly Manseri and Donatienne Monfort, Belgium
Alejandra Acosta, Ana Corallo, and María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina
Dhekra Charbi and Youssef Zidi, Tunisia
Havanaby Mahezanony and Hanitriniaina Liliane Randrianomenjanahary, Madagascar
Yingxian Xia, China, consulting with delegates from Nigeria, Mali and Gabon
Seref Yilmaz, Mahmut Osmanbasoglu, and Bursev Dogan Artukoglu, Turkey
Fidelice Mafumiko, Tanzania
Marc Chardonnens, President, COP2, speaking with Franz Perrez and Felix Wertli, Switzerland
Delegates during plenary
Fredrick Mupoti Sikabongo, Namibia
Margret Kaemba, Zambia
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, elected to the COP3 Bureau
Contact Group on Technical Issues
View of the contact group
Karissa Kovner, US
Diego Henrique Costa Pereira, Brazil
The dais during the contact group
Contact Group on Effectiveness Evaluation
Contact Group Co-Chairs Karissa Kovner, US, and Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic
Obed Meringo Baloyi, South Africa, and John Mumbo, Kenya
Christopher Allen, the EU
View of the contact group
Contact Group on Budget
Claudia ten Have, Minamata Convention Secretariat
Co-Chair Reginald Hernaus, the Netherlands
The dias during the contact group
Elisabeth Hosner, the EU
Hutta Emig, Germany, and Aneta Willems, the EU
Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran
Claire Gouvary, France
Contact Group on Institutional Issues
Room view during the contact group
Andrew Clark, US
Gwen Goodier, Canada
Around the Venue



Negotiating blocs
European Union