Troisième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention de Minamata sur le mercure (COP3)

Switzerland, 25 nov 2019 - 29 nov 2019

La troisième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention de Minamata sur le mercure s'est tenue du 25 au 29 novembre 2019 au Centre International de Conférences de Genève, en Suisse.

La liste des Parties à la COP3 est disponible ici.

La couverture quotidienne ainsi que les comptes-rendus préparés par le Bulletin des Négociations de la Terre sont disponibles (en anglais) sur le site internet d’IISD à l’adresse : http://enb.iisd.org/mercury/cop3/

Vous trouverez les vidéos et les images de la réunion ici.

Après la COP3, le Secrétariat a contacté les parties et les parties prenantes concernant les questions de suivi. La lettre de suivi est disponible ici (en anglais).

Les fiches d'information sur les activités du programme de travail, soumises à la COP3 en tant que document d'information UNEP/MC/COP.3/INF/9, ont été mises à jour par le Secrétariat sur la base des décisions de la COP3 et sont disponibles ici (en anglais).

Les fiches mises à jour donnent un aperçu des activités prévues pendant la période intersessions jusqu'à la C0P4. Veuillez noter, cependant, qu'elles ne contiennent pas nécessairement toutes les dernières informations détaillées sur les travaux en cours. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez consulter la page dédiée aux travaux intersessions et les contributions à la COP4 et le budget de la Convention de Minamata pour 2020-2021 disponible ici.

2019-11-25T07:58:35 - 2019-11-29T07:58:35
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Meeting Information

La troisième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention de Minamata sur le mercure s'est tenue du 25 au 29 novembre 2019 au Centre International de Conférences de Genève, en Suisse.

La liste des Parties à la COP3 est disponible ici.

La couverture quotidienne ainsi que les comptes-rendus préparés par le Bulletin des Négociations de la Terre sont disponibles (en anglais) sur le site internet d’IISD à l’adresse : http://enb.iisd.org/mercury/cop3/

Vous trouverez les vidéos et les images de la réunion ici.

Après la COP3, le Secrétariat a contacté les parties et les parties prenantes concernant les questions de suivi. La lettre de suivi est disponible ici (en anglais).

Les fiches d'information sur les activités du programme de travail, soumises à la COP3 en tant que document d'information UNEP/MC/COP.3/INF/9, ont été mises à jour par le Secrétariat sur la base des décisions de la COP3 et sont disponibles ici (en anglais).

Les fiches mises à jour donnent un aperçu des activités prévues pendant la période intersessions jusqu'à la C0P4. Veuillez noter, cependant, qu'elles ne contiennent pas nécessairement toutes les dernières informations détaillées sur les travaux en cours. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez consulter la page dédiée aux travaux intersessions et les contributions à la COP4 et le budget de la Convention de Minamata pour 2020-2021 disponible ici.

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Agenda
Side Event
13:15 - 14:45

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Room 3

The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention is convening a special session on mercury science, with funding from the Government of Japan. For the planning of the session, the Secretariat consulted with Prof. Jozef Pacyna, chair of the International Conference on Mercury as Global Pollutants held in Krakow, Poland in September 2019, and invited the following speakers.

  • Mr. Nil Basu, McGill University, Canada
  • Ms. Milena Horvat, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Ms. Joy Leaner, Western Cape Government, South Africa
  • Mr. Olaf Malm, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mr. Jozef Pacyna, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Mr. Mineshi Sakamoto, National Institute for Minamata Disease, Japan
18:15 - 19:00

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Room 15

Development of National Action Plans (NAPs) for artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is an obligation under Article 7 of the Minamata Convention for each Party that determines that mercury use in ASGM in its territory is “more than insignificant”. Recognizing that the ASGM sector is closely linked to complex economic, social and environmental issues, the Convention allows flexible, country-specific solutions through the development of NAP to reduce and where feasible eliminate mercury use in the ASGM sector. Till date, 35 countries have embarked on the development of a NAP. Several of them have already completed or are about to endorse and submit their NAP to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention.

The side event will present the global status and progress made on the NAP development. It will highlight the challenges that national teams have encountered during such process and discuss possible solutions to overcome them, including with respect to the future NAP implementation. The event will be organized around key issues and strategies of NAPs, including for example: i) developing a national overview of the ASGM sector, ii) developing formalization strategies, iii) developing public health strategy, and/or iv) managing mercury trade regionally. Further, it will feature a discussion on paving the road towards implementation, including with respect to mobilizing financial resources, leveraging political will and inter-ministerial coordination. The audience will have an opportunity to share their experiences and questions through an online polling tool.

18:15 - 19:00

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Room 18

18:15 Dangerous, mercury-laden and often illegal skin lightening products: readily available for (online) purchase
Michael Bender, MPP/ZMWG
Shahriar Hossain, ESDO, Bangladesh

18:29 Enforcement measures to restrict high mercury cosmetic products under the Minamata Convention
Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, EEB/ZMWG,
Jam Lorenzo, Ban Toxics, Philippines
Griffins Ochieng, CEJAD, Kenya

18:43 Outreach to affected communities
Amira Adawe, The Beautywell Project

18:50 Questions & Anwsers
19:00 Closure

13:15 - 14:45

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Room 1

Objectives:

  • Inform participants on the intersessional process (IP) for SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and the journey towards the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)
     
  • Moderate a discussion on strengthening coordination and engagement for the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 in response to the SAICM independent evaluation and in line with the 2030 Agenda.
18:15 - 19:00

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Room 15

This event aims to inform the audience about the high ambition alliance on chemicals and waste. It will also discuss the opportunities of a global framework for addressing challenges in the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, including its relationship with the chemicals and waste related conventions.

The Government of Sweden and Uruguay will host the event and present the ideas behind creating the high ambition alliance on chemicals and waste. What it is envisioned to contribute with? Who should and can take part?

13:15 - 14:45

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Room 18

The event will share the outcomes of the regional workshop held in Bolivia in October 2019. The workshop was co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the Government of Bolivia to exchange information on mercury trade between countries of Latin America and the Caribbean region and to support the countries in the implementation of their obligations under the Convention. Following the presentation on the regional perspectives and outcomes of the workshop, two countries will present their national and regional experience and challenges to control and keep track of mercury trades.

18:15 - 19:00

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Room 18

This event will be the official global launch of new WHO Guidance on Strategic Planning for Implementation of the Health-related Articles of the Minamata Convention, and will share experience from its early use in countries. The objective is to foster collaboration between the health and other sectors, provide a forum for the health sector to showcase their work, as well as explain the opportunities and challenges encountered.

13:15 - 14:45

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Room 15

The Special Programme, also known as the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme, provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation for effective frameworks for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

13:15 - 14:45

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Room 18

The Minamata convention is regulating the formal trade and use of mercury. But little information is available on the formal and especially informal pathways of mercury and how these drive the artisanal gold economies. From its original source to the gold mining sites at the other end of the world, trade routes of illicit mercury remain largely elusive to this day.

An insight into the supply routes and value chain of the mercury market is needed to support the reduction of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). Where does the mercury originate from? How was it transported and by whom? Through which channels, formal or informal? Who benefits most from this trade? Which systems are constraining mercury free artisanal gold?

To answer these questions, IUCN NL initiated a study on the political ecology of the gold-mercury link to identify illicit mercury flows, trade hubs and key players in multiple countries, namely Guyana & Suriname, Bolivia, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso.

The objectives of this global study are: 1) to improve the understanding of mercury flows, trade hubs and key players, 2) to enhance the governance of mercury in the ASGM sectors of the target countries, 3) to enhance recognition of the scale and impact of the informal mercury trade, and 4) to showcase that this is a global problem.

After an intensive investigation phase by local teams existing of partner NGOs coached by globally recognized expert consultants, IUCN NL in collaboration with all partners and in consultation with UNEP is presenting initial results. We aim to strengthen the Minamata convention with information that is not available through official channels and presents an addition to the knowledge collected in UNEP’s global mercury assessment. We want to inform national governments about formal and informal mercury trade pathways and shed light onto the key players driving the trade. We hope to support National Action Plans with the insight gained into the illicit mercury trade to enhance the governance of mercury in the ASGM sector. Furthermore, we aim to raise awareness in the global community about the influence and impact of the illicit mercury trade on ASGM.

Knowledge Lab
13:15 - 14:00

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Objectives:

  • Engage civil society organizations and indigenous peoples representatives to provide inputs to the COP
  • Share experiences and lessons from community-based actions on mercury management

Organizer:  GEF Small Grants Programme, together with Minamata Convention Secretariat and partners

Moderator: Xiaofang Zhou, Director of Montreal Protocol Unit, UNDP

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