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


Harmonized System codes


COP-2 in its decision MC-2/9, requested the Secretariat in collaboration with the Global Mercury Partnership and in consultation with relevant organisations, to suggest approaches for customs codes to identify and distinguish non-mercury-added and mercury-added products listed in annex A to the Convention, including approaches for their possible harmonization. 

A draft report was coordinated by the Secretariat in consultation with the Products Partnership, and it was sent to the partners of the Products Partnership on 31 May 2019 for final input and review. The draft report was posted here on 7 June 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 1 August 2019, including information on the current use of the customs code in relation to mercury-added products.


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


Draft report from the group of technical experts, based on the discussion at its two teleconferences, was posted here on 15 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 15 June 2019.


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 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


The group of technical experts will meet in Osaka, Japan from 27 to 29 May 2019. The meeting documents are available below.

  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1 Provisional agenda
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1/Add.1 Annotations to the provisional agenda
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/2 Relevant Convention text and decision on mercury waste
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/3 Compilation of comments on the clarification and refinement of the coverage of each of the three categories of mercury waste listed in paragraph 2 of article 11
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/4 Compilation of comments on the lists of mercury waste
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5 Compilation of comments on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5/Add.1 Information relating to analytical methods of mercury in wastes
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/6 Compilation of comments on approaches for establishing thresholds for overburden, waste rock and tailings, except from primary mercury mining



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


Revised draft guidance, developed by the Secretariat taking into account these submissions, was posted here on 17 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 21 June 2019.



Review of financial mechanism

COP-2 requested the secretariat to compile information to be provided by the Global Environment Facility, the Specific International Programme, parties and other relevant sources as identified by paragraph 11 of article 13 as being necessary for the review of the financial mechanism (paragraph 120 of the COP-2 report UNEP/MC/COP.2/19).

In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information relevant to the level of funding, the guidance provided by the COP to the entities entrusted to operationalize the financial mechanism and their effectiveness, and their ability to address the changing needs of developing country parties and parties with economies in transition, by 31 May 2019.


Capacity-building, technical assistance and technology transfer

COP-2 requested the secretariat in its decision MC-2/11 to collect the information received from the existing regional, subregional and national arrangements on their capacity-building and technical assistance to support parties in implementing their obligations under the Minamata Convention. In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information by 31 May 2019. Submission deadline was extended until 20 June 2019.

Submissions from governments


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 have a meeting and work electronically to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). 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 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


The ad-hoc technical expert group met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019. The group agreed to further work electronically, and develop a draft report for COP-3, as requested by decision MC-2/10. Also in accordance with the mentioned decision, the draft report will be posted on the website by 15 July 2019, for comments until 5 September 2019. The draft report will then be finalized by the group and the final report to COP-3 will be made available by 1 October 2019. This process is in agreement with the roadmap adopted by COP-2 in decision MC-2/10, which implies that the report on effectiveness evaluation, which will be a COP-3 document, will only be available in a non-edited format by 1 October in English. The Secretariat will only then be able to submit such version to Conference Services for editing, processing and translation into the six UN official languages. The COP Bureau was reminded of the implications of COP decision MC-2/10 at its meeting of 26 April 2019.


Emission of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste

COP-2 requested the secretariat to continue to collect and make available information relevant to emissions of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste (paragraph 184 of the COP-2 report UNEP/MC/COP.2/19). In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information by 31 May 2019.



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.


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.


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.

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