The Specific International Programme to support Capacity Building and Technical Assistance (SIP) is one of the two components of the financial mechanism of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It was defined by Article 13 of the Convention, and in 2017 the First Conference of the Parties (COP-1) decided on its duration and the arrangements for its operation (Decision MC-1/6). As requested by decision MC-1/6, UNEP established the Specific Trust Fund, effective 1 January 2018, to receive funds for the SIP.
Contributors to the Specific Trust Fund
The support provided through the SIP to developing-country Parties and Parties with economies in transition has been enabled by the contributions of the following parties thus far: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention greatly appreciates the generous support of the donors.
The Secretariat is also grateful to the Government of Italy for providing a Junior Professional Officer post in the secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for two years, from November 2021.