Intersessional work and Submissions for COP3

At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties agreed on a number of action items to effectively implement the Minamata Convention and prepare for the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 25-29 November 2019. In some areas, submissions are invited by parties and other stakeholders, while in other areas submissions are expected through the members of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

Information should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, MEA-MinamataSecretariat@un.org


Mercury Releases to land and water

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/3 a group of technical experts on guidance in relation to mercury releases was established to prepare a report on the identification of significant anthropogenic point source of release categories not addressed in the provisions of the Convention other than article 9, for consideration by COP-3. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will work electronically.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information related to the identification of relevant point source categories of release by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


Draft report from the group of technical experts, based on the discussion at its two teleconferences, was posted here on 15 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 15 June 2019.


Mercury waste thresholds

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/2, a group of technical experts on waste thresholds was established to work on a number of technical issues on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds under article 11, for consideration by COP-3. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information for the intersessional work by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


The group of technical experts will meet in Osaka, Japan from 27 to 29 May 2019. The meeting documents are available below.

  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1 Provisional agenda
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1/Add.1 Annotations to the provisional agenda
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/2 Relevant Convention text and decision on mercury waste
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/3 Compilation of comments on the clarification and refinement of the coverage of each of the three categories of mercury waste listed in paragraph 2 of article 11
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/4 Compilation of comments on the lists of mercury waste
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5 Compilation of comments on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5/Add.1 Information relating to analytical methods of mercury in wastes
  • UNEP/MC/WT.1/6 Compilation of comments on approaches for establishing thresholds for overburden, waste rock and tailings, except from primary mercury mining



Guidance on the management of contaminated sites

Pursuant to Decision MC-2/8, Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments and information to complement and further improve the draft Guidance submitted to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/7) by 15 February 2019, based on which the Secretariat will revise the draft Guidance for consideration by COP-3.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


Revised draft guidance, developed by the Secretariat taking into account these submissions, was posted here on 17 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 21 June 2019.



Effectiveness evaluation

Pursuant Decision MC-2/10, the mandate of the ad-hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation was revised, and the group was requested to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). The group will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate.

Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information on their monitoring programmes or any relevant information to supplement the report to COP-2 by 15 February 2019.

Submissions from governments

Submissions from other organisations


The ad-hoc technical expert group met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019. The group will further work electronically, and develop a draft report for COP-3. The draft report will be posted on the website by 15 July 2019, for comments until 5 September 2019. The final report to COP-3 will be available by 1 October 2019. The COP Bureau approved this schedule, which will mean that this document will not be ready in six UN languages six weeks in advance of COP-3.


Harmonized Systems code


COP-2 in its decision MC-2/9, requested the Secretariat in collaboration with the Global Mercury Partnership and in consultation with relevant organisations, to suggest approaches for customs codes to identify and distinguish non-mercury-added and mercury-added products listed in annex A to the Convention, including approaches for their possible harmonization. 
A draft report will be posted on the website by the end of May.

Effectiveness evaluation

Pursuant Decision MC-2/10, the mandate of the ad-hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation was revised, and the group was requested to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). The group will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate. The group will also invite input from other governments and stakeholders to assist its work.


Effectiveness evaluation

Pursuant Decision MC-2/10, the mandate of the ad-hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation was revised, and the group was requested to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). The group will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate. The group will also invite input from other governments and stakeholders to assist its work.


Effectiveness evaluation

Pursuant Decision MC-2/10, the mandate of the ad-hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation was revised, and the group was requested to further develop a report building on its report to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/INF/8). The group will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8 to 12 April 2019, and also work electronically. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will also invite input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate. The group will also invite input from other governments and stakeholders to assist its work.

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