First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1)

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) is confirmed to take place from 24 to 29 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Download the COP1 flyer here.

The Conference will culminate in a High-Level Segment (on 28 and 29 September 2017) hosted by the President of Switzerland, entitled “Make Mercury History”, to celebrate the commitment of the international community to the Minamata Convention. It will be preceded on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September by preparatory meetings, including regional and Bureau meetings.

During the seventh session of the integovernmental negotiating committee, the secretariat was asked to seek input from Governments and  interested stakeholders on a number of issues to be considered further at COP1. The submissions received are made available here.

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The interim secretariat is organizing a series of regional meetings in preparation for COP1, to be held as follows:

  • Asia and the Pacific: 5 to 7 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Africa: 11 to 13 July 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Central and Eastern Europe: 12 to 13 July 2017, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 25 to 28 July 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Practical information for COP1 is available here.

Official documents for COP1 will be posted below as they become available.


UNEP/MC/COP.1/1 - Provisional agenda

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/1/Add.1 - Annotations to the provisional agenda - ADVANCE ENGLISH - posted 11 August 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/2 - Scenario note for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/3 - Draft rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/4 - Achievements of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (posted 13 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/5 - Guidance in relation to mercury supply sources and trade (article 3), particularly in regard to identification of stocks and sources of supply (paragraph 5 (a)) and forms and guidance for obtaining consent to import mercury (paragraphs 6 and 8)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/6 - Required content of the certification required for the import of mercury from non-parties in accordance with paragraphs 6 (b) and 8 of article 3

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/7 - Guidance in relation to mercury emissions (article 8) referred to in paragraphs 8 (a) and 8 (b) (posted 13 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/8 - Guidance to the Global Environment Facility on overall strategies, policies, programme priorities, eligibility for access to and utilization of financial resources and on an indicative list of categories of activities that could receive support from the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund - (posted 11 August 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/9 - Specific international programme to support capacity-building and technical assistance (posted 15 August 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/9/Add.1 - Location options within the United Nations Environment Programme, governance arrangements and duration of the specific international programme to support capacity-building and technical assistance (posted 15 August 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/10 - Membership of the Implementation and Compliance Committee as referred to in paragraph 3 of article 15 (posted 3 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/11 - Timing and format of the reporting to be followed by the parties, as set out in paragraph 3 of article 21 (posted 3 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/12 - Establishment of arrangements in regard to effectiveness evaluation as referred to in paragraph 2 of article 22 (posted 3 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/13 - Draft financial rules for the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and any of its subsidiary bodies, as well as financial provisions governing the functioning of the secretariat of the Convention

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/15 - Draft memorandum of understanding between the Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Council of the Global Environment Facility (posted 3 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/16 -Formats to be used in registering an exemption from the phase out dates listed in Annex A and Annex B, including the information to be provided upon registering for an exemption, and for the register of exemptions

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/17 -Guidance document on the preparation of national action plans for artisanal and small-scale gold mining- posted 10 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/18 -Physical location of the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury- posted 26 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/19 -Consideration of the report on mercury emissions related to then open burning of waste- posted 5 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/20 -Progress report on the work of the interim secretariat in the period since the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury- ADVANCE ENGLISH posted 21 July 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/21 -Programme of work of the secretariat and budget for the period 2018–2019- UNEDITED ADVANCE ENGLISH posted 26 July 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/21/Add.1 -Programme of work of the secretariat and budget for the period 2018–2019: Addendum 1 ADVANCE ENGLISH posted 4 July 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/22 -Matters for action by the Conference of the Parties under articles 3, 4, 5, 14 and 16 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury- posted 10 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/23 -Guidance in relation to mercury emissions referred to in paragraphs 9 (a) and 9 (b) of article 8 - posted 5 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/24 -Guidance in relation to releases of mercury (article 9), particularly in regard to best available techniques and best environmental practices (paragraph 7 (a)) and the methodology for preparing inventories of releases (paragraph 7 (b))- posted 10 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/25 -Draft guidelines on the interim storage of mercury and mercury compounds referred to in paragraph 3 of article 10 (posted 21 July 2017

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/26 -Compilation of additional information on the use of mercury waste thresholds

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/26/Add.1 -Compilation of additional information on the use of mercury waste thresholds Addendum: Decision in relation to article 11 forwarded from the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (posted 15 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/27 - Guidance on the management of contaminated sites referred to in paragraph 3 of article 12 (posted 3 July 2017)

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UNEP/MC/COP.1/28 -Updated analysis of the offer by the Government of Switzerland to host the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva, based on the clarifications received on 27 June 2017- posted 11 August 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/INF/4 -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: implementation of the programme since its establishment posted 26 July 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/INF/7 -Offer by the Government of Switzerland to host the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva - posted 11 August 2017
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/INF/8 -Clarification provided by the Government of Switzerland to host the permanent secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva- UNEDITED ENCLISH ADVANCE posted 5 July 2017


UNEP/MC/COP.1/INF/10 -Informal process on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds led by the Government of Japan (posted 21 July 2017)
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UNEP/MC/COP.1/INF/13 -World Health Organization road map to enhance health sector engagement in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management towards the 2020 goal and beyond (posted 11 August 2017)
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