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.
Documents and Publications
Rules of Procedure of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
As adopted by the Governing Board at its first meeting in Geneva, 19-23 November 2018 (set out in annex II to MC-2/9 for the information of the Conference of the Parties) and completed by the Governing Board at its third meeting in Geneva, 14-15 February 2019 (annex II to SIP.GB.3/7)
UNEP/MC/COP.4/11 - Overall report on the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance
UNEP/MC/COP.4/11/Add.1 - Governing Board of the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance
UNEP/MC/COP.3/10 - Overall report on the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance *
UNEP/MC/COP.3/10/Add.1 - Governing Board of the Specific International Programme to Support Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance
UNEP/MC/COP.1/9 - Specific international programme to support capacity-building and technical assistance
Resources for Project Managers
Minamata Online is a series of digital engagement designed to further clarify the Convention's provisions, as well as policy and scientific aspects. A third season started in October 2022.
- March 2022: PreCOP-4.2 side event - Specific International Programme, achievements and impacts of five projects from around the world
- February 2022: Information session on the Financial Mechanism (all COP-4 documents)
- November 2021: COP-4.1 side event - The Minamata Convention Financial Mechanism: Supporting parties to implement their obligations
- January 2021: The Specific International Programme hosts webinar sessions on the Third Round of applications (in English, French and Spanish)