Specific International Programme

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, under Article 13, sets up a Specific International Programme to support capacity building and technical assistance. The Programme is expected to improve the capacity of developing-country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to implement their obligations under the Convention.

Third Round: Nine projects approved (2020-2021)

The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme met online from 9-13 August 2021 to review applications to its Third Round. Please read the statement by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Prasert Tapaneeyangkul and Mr. Reggie Hernaus.

Nine Projects Selected by the Governing Board for the Third Round

  • Burundi: Capacity building support for the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Burundi
  • Cuba: Improvement of information on inventories of mercury use and the environmental cycle in Cuba to support the implementation of the Minamata Convention
  • Gabon: Facilitating capacity-building with technology assistance and technology transfer for monitoring and managing mercury in Central Africa
  • India: Development of Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Implementation of Minamata Convention in India
  • Iran: Improving capacity building program for the replacement of mercury containing lamps in order to implement Minamata Convention in Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Jordan: Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Containing Wastes and Reduce the Use of Mercury-Containing Products in Jordan
  • North Macedonia: Strengthening national capacities for Minamata Convention implementation with focus on development of strategy for assessing the sites contaminated with mercury
  • Rwanda: Strengthening the Institutional Capacities for Rwanda to implement Minamata Convention
  • Senegal: Strengthening the legal framework and institutional capacities of ECOWAS countries (Senegal, Togo and Burkina Faso) for the implementation of Articles 3 and 4 of the Minamata Convention

The Third Round of applications to the Specific International Programme opened for submissions on 15 December 2020. Applications needed to be submitted by Thursday, 18 March 2021. Eligible Parties were invited to submit their applications for project funding between USD50,000 and USD250,000 following the Application Guidelines and using the following forms:

Form A - Project Application    Form B - Project Budget     Form C - Letter of Transmittal

To support and clarify the development of the applications, the Secretariat held several webinar sessions in English, French and Spanish.



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SIP RulesRules of Procedure of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
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As adopted by the Governing Board at its first meeting in Geneva, 19-23 November 2018 (set out in annex II to MC-2/9 for the information of the Conference of the Parties) and completed by the Governing Board at its third meeting in Geneva, 14-15 February 2019 (annex II to SIP.GB.3/7)

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