The Minamata Convention on Mercury establishes, under its article 15, an Implementation and Compliance Committee as a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties. The objective of the Committee is to promote the implementation of, and review compliance with, all the provisions of the Convention.
The current members of the Implementation and Compliance Committee elected at COP-4 are:
|Africa||Mve Beh Jean Hervé (Gabon)
Christopher Kanema (Zambia)
Musa Kuzumila Ngunila (United Republic of Tanzania)
|Asia Pacific||Mohammed Khashashneh (Jordan)
Itsuki Kuroda (Japan)
Abbas Torabi (Iran (Islamic Republic of))
|Eastern European States||Jelena Kovačević (Montenegro)
Romana Grizelj (Croatia)
Atanas Stoyanov Dishkelov (Bulgaria)
|Latin America and the Caribbean||Paulina Riquelme (Chile)
Jimena Nieto Carrasco (Colombia)
Meredith Henry-Cumberbatch (Suriname)
|Western European and Others Group||Helga Schrott (Austria)
Karoliina Anttonen (Finland)
Anik Beaudoin (Canada)
The Implementation and Compliance Committee held its first meeting from 29 to 30 May 2018 in Geneva. At that meeting, members of the Committee elaborated rules of procedure, which as per article 15, paragraph 5 of the Minamata Convention, will be forwarded for consideration and approval to the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.
The meeting was preceded by an information-sharing session featuring experience under implementation and compliance mechanisms of other multilateral environmental agreements, including the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the UNECE Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.