Second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) will take place from 19 to 23 November 2018 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Conference will be preceded on Sunday 18 November by preparatory meetings, including regional and other meetings.

Intersessional work in follow up to COP1 is ongoing, and further information, including in relation to draft guidelines on interim storage of mercury and mercury compounds as well as to effectiveness evaluation may be found here.

The Convention requires, under its article 17, paragraph 4, that each Party designates a National Focal Point for the exchange of information under it, including with regard to the consent of importing Parties under Article 3. States or regional economic integration organizations that have not yet done so are invited to proceed with such designation as soon as possible using the form and the sample letter attached here.

A series of regional meetings is being held in preparation for COP2 with the funding contributions of Austria, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland:

  • Africa: 9-10 October 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 16-17 October 2018 in Chisinau, Moldova
  • Asia and the Pacific: 23-24 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 30-31 October 2018, Lima, Peru

 

Information sessions on other matters of relevance in the chemicals and waste cluster will be held back-to-back with the regional consultations (on 11 October for Africa, 18 October for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 25 October for Asia and the Pacific and on 29 October for Latin America and the Caribbean). The sessions will be led by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS) and the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). 

Pre-registration, including submission of necessary documentation, has been extended to 31 October 2018 using the online platform available here. Please note that requests for funding for participation has closed. 

Practical information, including on registration, credentials for Parties, participation of observers, accommodation, events and exhibitions and other logistical issues may be found here.


Meeting documents will be published below as they become available.

UNEP/MC/COP.2/1 Provisional agenda

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/1/Add1 - Annotations to the provisional agenda

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/2 - Scenario note for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/3 Rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/4/Rev.1 - Guidance in relation to mercury releases

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/5 - Guidelines on the environmentally sound interim storage of mercury other than waste mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/6 - Report on the outcome of the open-ended process on waste thresholds called for under article 11

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/7 - Guidance on the management of contaminated sites

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/8 - Update on matters related to the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/9 - Overall report on the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/10 - Submissions and reports received in relation to alternative technologies and technology transfer as referred to in paragraph 4 of article 14

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/11 - Report on the work of the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/12 - Cooperation with the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/13* - Report on the outline, plan and elements of the effectiveness evaluation framework (REISSUED)

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/14 - Financial rules for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, its subsidiary bodies and the secretariat of the Convention

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/15/Rev1 - Review of the organizational arrangements of the secretariat

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/15/Add1 - Review of the organizational arrangements of the secretariat

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/16 - Information in relation to emissions of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/17 - Progress report on the main activities of the secretariat in the intersessional period

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/18 - Update on the programme of work and budget for the biennium 2018–2019

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/1 - List of documents for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, including additional relevant background documents (advance version)

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/2 - Report on the activities of relevant international bodies

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/3 - Report of the Global Environment Facility to the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury at its second meeting

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/4 - Offer by Switzerland to host a stand-alone secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/5 - Compilation of submissions and reports received in relation to alternative technologies and technology transfer as referred to in paragraph 4 of article 14

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/6 - Compilation of information submitted in relation to emissions of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/7 - Information requested by the Bureau on possible services that the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention could purchase from or share with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (advance version)

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8 - Report of the ad hoc group of experts on effectiveness evaluation

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/9 - Programme of work and budget: budget detail sheets

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/10 Information submitted by nominated experts that may contribute to the development of mercury waste thresholds

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/11 - Report by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions on cooperative activities with the secretariat of the Minamata Convention in areas of mutual interest

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/12 - Activities of the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/13 - Report on activities undertaken within the United Nations Environment Programme Global Mercury Partnership

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/14 - Update on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/15 - Compilation of comments submitted on the draft report of the ad hoc group of experts on effectiveness evaluation

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/16 - Application guidelines for the first round of applications to the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/17 - Addressing health aspects in the context of developing national action plans under the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/18 - Status of ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury as at 18 September 2018

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UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/20 - Work of the International Labour Organisation Relevant to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2017-2018

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