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Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC2)

24-28 January 2011 | Chiba, Japan
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Highlights for Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Mercury INC 2 convened for its third day on Wednesday 26 January, 2011, in Chiba, Japan.

During the morning plenary, delegates heard reports back from storage and waste contact group Co-Chair Katerina Sebkova (Czech Republic), and from ASGM contact group Co-Chair Felipe Ferreira (Brazil). Both contact groups were mandated to continue their work.

Delegates continued discussion on the elements paper (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.2/3) beginning with Article 5, on international trade with parties in mercury or mercury compounds and Article 6, and on international trade with non-parties in mercury or mercury compounds. Delegates then considered measures to reduce intentional use of mercury, discussing Article 7, mercury-added products, Article 8, manufacturing processes in which mercury is used, and Article 14, allowable-use exemptions, as a cluster of interlinked issues.

In the late afternoon delegates turned their attention to measures to reduce releases of mercury to air, water and land: Article 10, atmospheric emissions; and Article 11, releases to water and land.
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Contact group on ASGM Co-Chair Felipe Ferreira (Brazil) reporting on the outcomes of the group's discussions.
Daniel Ziegerer (Switzerland) discussing illegal trade in mercury or mercury compounds.
Margaret Kenny (Canada) intervening on trade in mercury and mercury compounds.
Lee Eeles (Australia) discussing international trade of mercury.
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Meeting resources
*INC2 website
*INC2 documents
*INC2 annotated agenda
*INC2 scenario note
*INC2 submissions
*Technical briefing session in preparation INC2

IISD RS resources
IISD RS summary and analysis of INC1, 7-11 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS brefing note of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury, 19-23 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-fifth Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF), 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 12-16 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
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