Intersessional work and Submissions for COP3

At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties agreed on a number of action items to effectively implement the Minamata Convention and prepare for the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 25-29 November 2019. In some areas, submissions are invited by parties and other stakeholders, while in other areas submissions are expected through the members of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

Information should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, MEA-MinamataSecretariat@un.org


Mercury Releases to land and water

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/3 a group of technical experts on guidance in relation to mercury releases was established to prepare a report on the identification of significant anthropogenic point source of release categories not addressed in the provisions of the Convention other than article 9, for consideration by COP-3. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will work electronically.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information related to the identification of relevant point source categories of release by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


Mercury waste thresholds

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/2, a group of technical experts on waste thresholds was established to work on a number of technical issues on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds under article 11, for consideration by COP-3. The group will meet in Osaka, Japan from 27 to 29 May 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information for the intersessional work by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


Guidance on the management of contaminated sites

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/8, Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments and information to complement and further improve the draft Guidance submitted to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/7) by 15 February 2019, based on which the Secretariat will revise the draft Guidance for consideration by COP-3.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


Effectiveness evaluation

Pursuant Decision MC-2/10, the mandate of the ad-hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation was revised, and the group was requested to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). The group will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate. The group will also invite input from other governments and stakeholders to assist its work.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information on their monitoring programmes or any relevant information to supplement the report to COP-2 by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations

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