Seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC 7)

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.

 

Following its sixth session in November 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury held its the seventh session from 10 to 15 March 2016 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead Sea in Jordan, with regional consultations on 9 March 2016.

In preparation for INC7, the ad hoc working group of experts on financing established at INC6 met to provide input in implementing the decision of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in relation to the specific international programme of the Minamata Convention. Further information on this process may be found here.

INC6 also requested the interim secretariat to invite submissions from Governments and other relevant actors on a selection of issues. Submissions received are available here.

Finally the group of technical experts established by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries to develop the guidance called for in article 8 on emissions completed its work in the period preceding INC7. Further information on the group's work may be found here.

Documents prepared for the session may be found below, where the report and final list of participants will also be posted when finalized. The daily coverage and summary report by Earth Negotiations Bulletin are available on the IISD webpage at: www.iisd.ca/mercury/inc7/


UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/22 Report of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury on the work of its seventh session -ADVANCE ENGLISH

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/1 Provisional agenda

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/1/Add.1 Annotations to the provisional agenda

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/2 Scenario note for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/3 Draft guidance to assist parties in completing the forms required under Article 3

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/4 Draft guidance on identification of individual stocks of mercury or mercury compounds exceeding 50 metric tons, as well as sources of mercury supply generating stocks exceeding 10 metric tons per year

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/5 Compilation of submissions on the question of whether additional guidance is necessary in accordance with paragraph 12 of article 3 of the Minamata Convention

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/6 Report of the group of technical experts on the development of guidance required under article 8 of the Convention

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/6/Add.1 Report of the group of technical experts on the development of guidance required under article 8 of the Convention - Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/6/Add.2 Report of the group of technical experts on the development of guidance required under article 8 of the Convention - Draft guidance on support for parties in implementing the measures set out in paragraph 5 of article 8, in particular in determining goals and in setting emission limit values

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/6/Add.3 Report of the group of technical experts on the development of guidance required under article 8 of the Convention - Draft guidance on criteria that parties may develop pursuant to paragraph 2 (b) of article 8

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/6/Add.4 Report of the group of technical experts on the development of guidance required under article 8 of the Convention - Draft guidance on preparing inventories of emissions

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/7 Draft memorandum of understanding between the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Council of the Global Environment Facility

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/8 Draft guidance to the Global Environment Facility on overall strategies, policies, programme priorities, eligibility for access to and utilization of financial resources and on an indicative list of categories of activities that could receive support from the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/9 Report by the co-chairs of the ad hoc working group of experts on financing established at the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/10 Draft reporting format as amended by the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury at its sixth session

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/11 Compilation of information on the frequency of reporting under other multilateral environmental agreements, including the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, along with available data on the submission of reporting rates under other agreements

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/12 Compilation and analysis of the means of obtaining monitoring data in relation to effectiveness evaluation

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/13 Draft rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/13 Draft rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (SPANISH VERSION RE-ISSUED FOR TECHNICAL REASONS ON 04 MARCH 2016)

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/14 Draft financial rules for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/15 Report on proposals on how the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme will perform the functions of the permanent secretariat for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/16 Analysis of offers to host the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/17 Draft guidance on developing a national action plan to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/18 Environmentally sound interim storage: compilation and summary of submissions; identification of relevant sections of the Basel guidance; and a roadmap for work on interim guidance

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/19 Compilation of information on the use of mercury waste thresholds

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/20 Guidance on managing contaminated sites and the proposed way forward for developing guidance

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/21 Progress report on the work of the interim secretariat in the period since the sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/1 Review of comments received on the guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices by the group of technical experts on air emissions

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/2 Available information that might assist the committee’s work

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/3 Progress report of the Global Environment Facility

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/4.Rev1 Progress report on cooperation and coordination with other actors

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/4.Add1 Progress report on cooperation and coordination with other actors: Additional contribution

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/5 Offer by the Government of Switzerland to host the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/6 Information document prepared by the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme on options and related governance arrangements under the Programme as the host institution of the specific international programme

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/7 Overview of progress in the development of public health strategies on artisanal and small-scale gold mining, including in the context of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/8 Information on possible elements of guidance from the Stockholm Convention to the Global Environment Facility that also address the relevant priorities of the Basel and Rotterdam conventio

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UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.7/INF/9 Information provided by the Basel and Stockholm convention regional and subregional centres undertaking activities on mercury-related issues under the conventions

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