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.
First round: The first five projects approved (2018)
The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme met in Oslo from 2-3 October 2018 to review applications to its First Round. Please read the statement by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Sam Adu-Kumi and Mr. Reggie Hernaus. Visit the Governing Board meeting's photo gallery here (you will need to be logged in with your Flickr account)
5 Projects Selected by the Governing Board for the First Round
- Argentina: Capacity Building Programme for the implementation of the Minamata Convention. Read more about the project here.
- Armenia: Strengthening capacity to promote phasing-out of mercury-added products (lamps) in Armenia. Read more about the project here.
- Benin: Improvement of management framework for mercury-containing products and wastes. Read more about the project here.
- Iran: Implementing of Minamata Convention on Mercury Management in Chlor-Alkali Plants in the Petrochemical Industry. Read more about the project here.
- Lesotho: Strengthening institutional capacity in the development of a phase-out and phase down strategy for mercury-added products in Lesotho. Read more about the project here.
Contributors to the Specific Trust Fund (2018)
Rules of Procedure of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
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)