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 Trust Fund
To date, support through the Specific International Programme for developing countries and countries with economies in transition has been made possible by contributions from the following Parties: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
The Secretariat of the Minamata Convention sincerely appreciates the generous support of donors.
The Secretariat is also grateful to the government of Italy for making a Junior Professional Officer available to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for two years, starting in November 2021.