Workshops

In accordance with the Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiary held in Kumamoto, Japan, in October 2013, workshops are being organized in different parts of the world in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. In the organization of the workshops and in accordance with the Final Act, the interim secretariat is cooperating and coordinating, as appropriate, with other relevant actors, including the secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in order to make full use of relevant experience and expertise.

The workshops organized sought to improve the understanding of the Convention as well as familiarize participants with the process for signature, ratification and implementation. Informing about available sources of support and creating opportunities for exchange and action were also part of the process. At the first round of sub-regional workshops, the definition of national roadmaps by each participating country concluded each meeting, setting out the measures to be taken at a national level to move towards ratification and implementation. The presence of implementing agencies at the workshops assists in informing the agencies of planned activities at the national level.

The workshops also provide an opportunity for coordination of work in the interim period, including enabling activities delivered with the support of the Global Environment Facility, with contributions to the workshop from the secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR and WHO.
 

First series of sub-regional workshops in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention

  • South East Asia workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (19 to 21 March 2014) - Proceedings
  • First Anglophone Africa workshop in Nairobi, Kenya (23 to 25 April 2014) - Proceedings
  • Second Anglophone Africa workshop in Nairobi, Kenya (28 to 30 April 2014) - Proceedings
  • First Francophone Africa workshop in Dakar, Senegal (9 to 11 July 2014) - Proceedings
  • Second Francophone Africa workshop in Dakar, Senegal (14 to 16 July 2014) - Proceedings
  • Arabic speaking countries workshop in Dead Sea, Jordan (5 to 7 August 2014) - Proceedings
  • South America workshop, Brasilia, Brazil (2 to 4 September 2014) - Proceedings
  • Asian countries workshop, New Delhi, India (18 to 20 September 2014) - Proceedings
  • Mesoamerica workshop, Mexico city, Mexico (26 to 28 November 2014) - Proceedings
  • Caribbean workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (19 to 21 January 2015) - Proceedings
  • Pacific workshop Apia, Samoa (19 to 21 January 2015) - Proceedings
  • Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia workshop, Minsk, Belarus (18 to 20 February 2015) - Proceedings

 

Regional workshops to support the ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention held in 2015 - back-to-back Minamata and BRS Regional Meetings

Following the first series of sub-regional workshops on the Minamata Convention described above, the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention organized regional workshops to support the ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention, back-to-back with the regional meetings for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions in preparation for their Conferences of the Parties in May 2015.

The Minamata Regional Workshops and the BRS Regional Meetings were jointly organized by the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the BRS Secretariat in line with the Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries which requests the interim secretariat to cooperate and coordinate, as appropriate, with other relevant actors, including the secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

The following Minamata and BRS Regional Meetings have been held:

  • Asia and the Pacific: 17 to 20 March 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia - Proceedings
  • Africa: 24 to 27 March 2015, Nairobi, Kenya - Proceedings
  • Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 7 to 10 April 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia - Proceedings
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 14 to 17 April 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay - Proceedings

 

Working sessions on the Minamata Convention - back-to-back with the BRS Regional preparatory meetings for the 2017 COPs

The Interim Secretariat is organizing working sessions on the Minamata Convention, back-to-back with the regional meetings for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions in preparation for their Conferences of the Parties taking place from 24 April to 5 May 2017:

  • Asia and the Pacific: 9 to 10 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Africa: 17 March 2017, Dakar, Senegal
  • Central and Eastern Europe: 24 March 2017, Riga, Latvia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 27 to 31 March 2017, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

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