As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention was opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force.
The intergovernmental negotiating committee has considered a number of forms and guidance documents required for the effective implementation of the Convention, and has adopted a number of relevant documents on a provisional basis pending formal adoption by the Conference of the Parties. These forms and guidance are presented below.
Guidance on completing the forms required under article 3 related to trade in mercury
Forms relating to Article 3 on Mercury supply sources and trade
Guidance on the identification of individual stocks of mercury or mercury compounds exceeding 50 metric tons and sources of mercury supply generating stocks exceeding 10 metric tons per year
Format for the registration of exemptions for the products and processes listed in Part I of Annexes A and B
Guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices in relation to emissions of mercury from point sources falling within the source categories listed in Annex D-
BAT/BEP- - introduction
BAT/BEP- - Common Techniques
BAT/BEP- - Monitoring
BAT/BEP- - Coal-fired power plants and coal-fired industrial boilers
BAT/BEP- - Smelting and roasting processes used in the production of non-ferrous metals (lead, zinc, copper and industrial gold)
BAT/BEP- - Waste incineration facilities
BAT/BEP- - Cement clinker production facilities
BAT/BEP- - New and emerging techniques
Support for parties in implementing the measures for existing sources of mercury emissions
Guidance on criteria that Parties may develop pursuant to the definition of a relevant source under Article 8
Guidance on the methodology for preparing inventories of emissions
The intergovernmental negotiating committee at its seventh session also agreed to the provisional use of the guidance on developing a national action plan to reduce, and where feasible, eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small scale gold mining in its current form to assist countries in the period between that session and the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The committee also requested the secretariat to seek further comments from Governments and others to improve the guidance with a view to presenting a revised version of it for consideration and possible adoption by the Conference of the Parties at its first meeting.
Draft guidance on developing a national action plan to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining