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.

The Members of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme are:

  • For Africa:  Sam Adu-kumi (Ghana) and Younous Adoum Abdallah (Chad)
  • For Asia and the Pacific: Prasert Tapaneeynagkul (Thailand) and WTB Dissanayake (Sri Lanka)
  • For Central and Eastern Europe: Kaupo Heinma (Estonia) and Anahit Aleksandryn (Armenia)
  • For Latin America and the Caribbean: Florencia Grimalt (Argentina) and Nero Cunha Ferreira (Brazil)
  • For Western Europe and Others: Reggie Hernaus (The Netherlands) and Atle Fretheim (Norway)

Specific International Programme – Second Round of Applications open until 14 June 2019

The Second Round of applications to the Specific International Programme will be open between 5 March and 14 June 2019. Eligible Parties are invited to submit their applications for project funding between USD50,000 and USD250,000 by following the Application Guidelines and submitting the following documents:

Applications must be submitted in English, however, applications Guidelines are available in Spanish to assist Parties in their submissions and will shortly be available in French.


Second meeting of the Governing Board, 2-3 October 2018

  • Download the report of the meeting in pdf


First meeting of the Governing Board, 15 May 2018

  • Download the report of the meeting in pdf


The first five projects approved

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

Armenia: Strengthening capacity to promote phasing-out of mercury-added products (lamps) in Armenia

Benin: Improvement of management framework for mercury-containing products and wastes

Iran: Implementing of Minamata Convention on Mercury Management in Chlor-Alkali Plants in the Petrochemical Industry

Lesotho: Strengthening institutional capacity in the development of a phase-out and phase down strategy for mercury-added products in Lesotho


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