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Note by the secretariat 1. On 8 May 2019, the Secretariat received a communication from a group of African countries submitting a proposal to amend Annex A to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The proponents, namely Botswana, Chad, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, the Niger and Senegal, requested that the proposed amendment be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its third meeting. 2. Paragraph 2 of Article 26 of the Convention provides that the text of any proposed amendment shall be communicated to the parties by the Secretariat at least six months before the meeting at which it is proposed for adoption, and that the Secretariat shall also communicate the proposed amendment to the signatories to the Convention and, for information, to the depositary.