As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention was opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon entry into force.
The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC6) was held from 3 to 7 November 2014 at the premises of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The session was preceded by regional consultations on 2 November 2014.
Amongst others, INC6 established an ad hoc working group of experts on financing, with the mandate to provide input to INC7 in implementing the decision of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries relating to the specific international programme. INC6 also requested the interim secretariat to invite submissions from Governments and other relevant actors on a selection of issues. Finally the group of technical experts established by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries to develop the guidance called for in article 8 on emissions reported on its work which it completed in the period preceding INC7.
The daily coverage and summary report by Earth Negotiations Bulletin is available on the IISD webpage at: www.iisd.ca/mercury/inc6/