Statement by the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury at the UN Biodiversity SBSTTA-26

15 May 2024

Agenda item 3, SBSTTA-26 Plenary, 13 May 2024, morning session 

Twenty-sixth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-26) and the fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-4)

13 - 29 May 2024 - Nairobi, Kenya

Minamata Convention

Good morning, Madam Chair, delegates.  

I am speaking on behalf of the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and my statement is aligned with the views of the Secretariat of our sister Conventions - the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.  

We congratulate the AHTEG on indicators, as well as other intersessional processes since COP15, for their tremendous work towards operationalizing the indicators of the monitoring framework for the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).  

While the monitoring framework is a game changer and excellent starting point for tracking progress of towards the GBF Targets and Goals, we agree with the previous speakers that there are also significant gaps related to important elements, which are essential for the achievement of the GBF as a whole.  

In particular, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention is of the view that indicators related to reducing the risk of highly hazardous chemicals under Target 7 and the health of Indigenous Peoples and local communities under Target 22 are significant omissions in the current list of indicators. 

As such, while recognizing that the priority for SBSTTA-26 is to adopt the guidance on the methodology for the indicators, and not to discuss the indicators per se, we believe that there is a need for securing a process for addressing the identified gaps through additional headline indicators during the next intersessional period – that is between COP16 and COP17. The details of such a process are still missing from the draft recommendations in front of you.  

In this regard, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention invites Parties to consider and recommend a process, including through the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, for consideration by COP16 that will ensure that major gaps in the indicators are filled, taking into account the availability of relevant data through other MEAs and processes while reducing the reporting burden placed upon Parties.  

I hope Parties can support this statement. 

Thank you, Madam Chair. 

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