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Note by the secretariat 1. In paragraph 2 of article 16, on health aspects, the Minamata Convention on Mercury specifies that the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention, in considering health-related issues or activities, should consult and collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other relevant intergovernmental organizations, as appropriate, and should promote cooperation and exchange of information with those organizations, as appropriate. 2. At its first meeting, held in Geneva from 24 to 29 September 2017, the Conference of the Parties requested the secretariat to continue to actively engage in cooperation and collaboration with WHO, ILO and other relevant organizations in the implementation of the Minamata Convention. That message was reinforced at the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held in Geneva from 19 to 23 November 2018.