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Note by the secretariat 1. This note relates to the outcome of the work of the ad hoc technical expert group on effectiveness evaluation that was mandated by MC-1/9 and MC-2/10 to consider the arrangements to be put in place to provide the Conference of the Parties with the required information to conduct an effectiveness evaluation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 2. The note contains two annexes. The first annex presents a draft decision for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its third meeting. The second annex contains the report of the ad hoc technical expert group that puts forward the proposed framework for the effectiveness evaluation. The report in turn contains 4 appendixes. It is to be noted, that the text for appendix I is contained in UNEP/MC/COP.3/14/Add.1. Furthermore, the report is complemented by additional information contained in UNEP/MC/COP.3.INF/15.