First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1)

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) is confirmed to take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Conference will culminate in a High-Level Segment (on 28 and 29 September 2017) hosted by the President of Switzerland, entitled “Making mercury history”, to celebrate the commitment of the international community to the Minamata Convention. It will be preceded on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September by preparatory meetings, including regional and Bureau meetings.

During the seventh session of the integovernmental negotiating committee, the secretariat was asked to seek input from Governments and  interested stakeholders on a number of issues to be considered further at COP1. The submissions received are made available here.

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The interim secretariat will be organizing a series of regional meetings in preparation for COP1, to be held as follows:

  • Asia and the Pacific: 5 to 7 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Africa: 11 to 13 July 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Central and Eastern Europe: 12 to 13 July 2017, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 25 to 28 July 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Practical information for COP1 is available here.

Official documents for COP1 will be posted below as they become available.


UNEP/MC/COP.1/1 - Provisional agenda

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/2 - Scenario note for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/3 - Draft rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/5 - Guidance in relation to mercury supply sources and trade (article 3), particularly in regard to identification of stocks and sources of supply (paragraph 5 (a)) and forms and guidance for obtaining consent to import mercury (paragraphs 6 and 8)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/6 - Required content of the certification required for the import of mercury from non-parties in accordance with paragraphs 6 (b) and 8 of article 3

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/7 - Guidance in relation to mercury emissions (article 8) referred to in paragraphs 8 (a) and 8 (b) - ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/10 - Membership of the Implementation and Compliance Committee as referred to in paragraph 3 of article 15 - ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/11 - Timing and format of the reporting to be followed by the parties, as set out in paragraph 3 of article 21- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/12 - Establishment of arrangements in regard to effectiveness evaluation as referred to in paragraph 2 of article 22 - ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/13 - Draft financial rules for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and any of its subsidiary bodies, as well as financial provisions governing the functioning of the secretariat of the Convention

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/15 - Draft memorandum of understanding between the Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Council of the Global Environment Facility - ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/16 -Formats to be used in registering an exemption from the phase out dates listed in Annex A and Annex B, including the information to be provided upon registering for an exemption, and for the register of exemptions

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/17 -Guidance document on the preparation of national action plans for artisanal and small-scale gold mining- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/19 -Consideration of the report on mercury emissions related to then open burning of waste- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/22 -Matters for action by the Conference of the Parties under articles 3, 4, 5, 14 and 16 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/23 -Guidance in relation to mercury emissions referred to in paragraphs 9 (a) and 9 (b) of article 8- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/24 -Guidance in relation to releases of mercury (article 9), particularly in regard to best available techniques and best environmental practices (paragraph 7 (a)) and the methodology for preparing inventories of releases (paragraph 7 (b))- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/25 -Draft guidelines on the interim storage of mercury and mercury compounds referred to in paragraph 3 of article 10 - ENGLISH ADVANCE

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/26 -Compilation of additional information on the use of mercury waste thresholds

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/27 -Guidance on the management of contaminated sites referred to in paragraph 3 of article 12- ENGLISH ADVANCE

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