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Note by the secretariat 1. The annex to the present note sets out the report of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to the third meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The report highlights the activities undertaken by UNEP in relation to work on mercury and to the decisions taken at the first and second meetings of the Conference of the Parties. 2. After an introduction referring to the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly that contribute to the implementation of the goals of the Convention and the decisions of the Conference of the Parties, the report is divided into three sections. Section I contains updates on the programmatic collaboration between UNEP and the secretariat of the Minamata Convention. Section II contains updates on administrative actions taken by UNEP. Section III contains updates on UNEP support to the organization and holding of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties and on cooperation among the Chemicals and Health Branch of UNEP, the secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.