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Tercera reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes en el Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio (COP3)

Switzerland, 25 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
    Meeting Information

    La tercera reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes en el Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio se celebró del 25 al 29 de noviembre de 2019, en el Centro Internacional de Conferencias de Ginebra, Suiza.

    La lista de las Partes en la COP3 está disponible aquí.

    La cobertura diaria e informe de síntesis IISD Reporting Services están disponibles en http://enb.iisd.org/mercury/cop3/

    Encontrarás videos e imágenes que cubren la reunión aquí.

    Después de la COP3, la Secretaría contactó a las partes y partes interesadas con respecto a los asuntos de seguimiento. La carta de seguimiento está disponible aquí (en inglés).

    Las fichas informativas de las actividades del Programa de trabajo, presentadas a la COP3 como documento de información UNEP/MC/COP.3/INF/9, han sido actualizadas por la Secretaría en función de las decisiones de la COP3 y están disponibles aquí (en inglés).

    Las hojas actualizadas proporcionan una visión general de las actividades planificadas en el período entre sesiones hasta la COP4. Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que estos no contienen necesariamente toda la información detallada más reciente sobre el trabajo en curso.

    Para obtener información adicional, consulte la página dedicada al trabajo entre sesiones y las presentaciones para la COP4 y el presupuesto de la Convención de Minamata para 2020-2021 que se puede encontrar aquí.

    Documents
    Aportaciones para la COP3

    Labor entre reuniones y Aportaciones para la COP3

    At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties agreed on a number of action items to effectively implement the Minamata Convention and prepare for the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 25-29 November 2019. In some areas, submissions are invited by parties and other stakeholders, while in other areas submissions are expected through the members of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

    Information should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention, MEA-MinamataSecretariat [at] un.org

    Harmonized System codes

    COP-2 in its decision MC-2/9, requested the Secretariat in collaboration with the Global Mercury Partnership and in consultation with relevant organisations, to suggest approaches for customs codes to identify and distinguish non-mercury-added and mercury-added products listed in annex A to the Convention, including approaches for their possible harmonization. 

    A draft report was coordinated by the Secretariat in consultation with the Products Partnership, and it was sent to the partners of the Products Partnership on 31 May 2019 for final input and review. The draft report was posted here on 7 June 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 1 August 2019, including information on the current use of the customs code in relation to mercury-added products.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    Mercury Releases to land and water

    Pursuant to Decision MC-2/3 a group of technical experts on guidance in relation to mercury releases was established to prepare a report on the identification of significant anthropogenic point source of release categories not addressed in the provisions of the Convention other than article 9, for consideration by COP-3. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group will work electronically.

    Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information related to the identification of relevant point source categories of release by 15 February 2019.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    Draft report from the group of technical experts, based on the discussion at its two teleconferences, was posted here on 15 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments by 15 June 2019. The following comments have been received. The group of technical experts will finalize the report taking into account the comments received.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    Mercury waste thresholds

    Pursuant to Decision MC-2/2, a group of technical experts on waste thresholds was established to work on a number of technical issues on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds under article 11, for consideration by COP-3. The list of members and observers of the group is available here. The group also invites input from other experts to assist it in its work as appropriate. Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information for the intersessional work by 15 February 2019.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    The group of technical experts met in Osaka, Japan from 27 to 29 May 2019. The meeting documents are available below. (WORD documents)

    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1 Provisional agenda
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/1/Add.1 Annotations to the provisional agenda
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/2 Relevant Convention text and decision on mercury waste
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/3 Compilation of comments on the clarification and refinement of the coverage of each of the three categories of mercury waste listed in paragraph 2 of article 11
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/4 Compilation of comments on the lists of mercury waste
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5 Compilation of comments on the establishment of mercury waste thresholds
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/5/Add.1 Information relating to analytical methods of mercury in wastes
    • UNEP/MC/WT.1/6 Compilation of comments on approaches for establishing thresholds for overburden, waste rock and tailings, except from primary mercury mining
    • UNEP/MC/MT.1/7 Report of the meeting

    Guidance on the management of contaminated sites

    Pursuant to Decision MC-2/8, Parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments and information to complement and further improve the draft Guidance submitted to COP-2 (UNEP/MC/COP.2/7) by 15 February 2019, based on which the Secretariat will revise the draft Guidance for consideration by COP-3.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    Revised draft guidance, developed by the Secretariat taking into account these submissions, was posted here on 17 May 2019. Parties, signatories and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments by 21 June 2019. The following comments have been received. The Secretariat will revise the draft taking into account the submitted comments and in consultation with experts nominated after COP-1.

    Submissions from governments

    Submissions from other organisations

    Review of financial mechanism

    COP-2 requested the secretariat to compile information to be provided by the Global Environment Facility, the Specific International Programme, parties and other relevant sources as identified by paragraph 11 of article 13 as being necessary for the review of the financial mechanism (paragraph 120 of the COP-2 report UNEP/MC/COP.2/19).In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit information relevant to the level of funding, the guidance provided by the COP to the entities entrusted to operationalize the financial mechanism and their effectiveness, and their ability to address the changing needs of developing country parties and parties with economies in transition, by 31 May 2019.

    Capacity-building, technical assistance and technology transfer

    COP-2 requested the secretariat in its decision MC-2/11 to collect the information received from the existing regional, subregional and national arrangements on their capacity-building and technical assistance to support parties in implementing their obligations under the Minamata Convention. In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information by 31 May 2019. Submission deadline was extended until 20 June 2019.

    Submissions from governments

    Emission of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste

    COP-2 requested the secretariat to continue to collect and make available information relevant to emissions of mercury resulting from the open burning of waste (paragraph 184 of the COP-2 report UNEP/MC/COP.2/19). In the letter from the Executive Secretary on 3 December 2018, parties and other stakeholders were invited to submit relevant information by 31 May 2019. The following submission was received. Submission deadline was extended until 20 June 2019.

    Submissions from governments

    Effectiveness evaluation

    All the information on the Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on Effectiveness Evaluation is available here.

    Other intersessional work


    Fotos y videos
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    Horario
    Side Event
    15:15 - 16:45

    CET

    Room 1

    Objectives:

    • Inform participants on the intersessional process (IP) for SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and the journey towards the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)
       
    • Moderate a discussion on strengthening coordination and engagement for the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 in response to the SAICM independent evaluation and in line with the 2030 Agenda.
    20:15 - 21:00

    CET

    Room 18

    This event will be the official global launch of new WHO Guidance on Strategic Planning for Implementation of the Health-related Articles of the Minamata Convention, and will share experience from its early use in countries. The objective is to foster collaboration between the health and other sectors, provide a forum for the health sector to showcase their work, as well as explain the opportunities and challenges encountered.

    20:15 - 21:00

    CET

    Room 15

    This event aims to inform the audience about the high ambition alliance on chemicals and waste. It will also discuss the opportunities of a global framework for addressing challenges in the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, including its relationship with the chemicals and waste related conventions.

    The Government of Sweden and Uruguay will host the event and present the ideas behind creating the high ambition alliance on chemicals and waste. What it is envisioned to contribute with? Who should and can take part?

    15:15 - 16:45

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    Room 18

    The Minamata convention is regulating the formal trade and use of mercury. But little information is available on the formal and especially informal pathways of mercury and how these drive the artisanal gold economies. From its original source to the gold mining sites at the other end of the world, trade routes of illicit mercury remain largely elusive to this day.

    An insight into the supply routes and value chain of the mercury market is needed to support the reduction of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). Where does the mercury originate from? How was it transported and by whom? Through which channels, formal or informal? Who benefits most from this trade? Which systems are constraining mercury free artisanal gold?

    To answer these questions, IUCN NL initiated a study on the political ecology of the gold-mercury link to identify illicit mercury flows, trade hubs and key players in multiple countries, namely Guyana & Suriname, Bolivia, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso.

    The objectives of this global study are: 1) to improve the understanding of mercury flows, trade hubs and key players, 2) to enhance the governance of mercury in the ASGM sectors of the target countries, 3) to enhance recognition of the scale and impact of the informal mercury trade, and 4) to showcase that this is a global problem.

    After an intensive investigation phase by local teams existing of partner NGOs coached by globally recognized expert consultants, IUCN NL in collaboration with all partners and in consultation with UNEP is presenting initial results. We aim to strengthen the Minamata convention with information that is not available through official channels and presents an addition to the knowledge collected in UNEP’s global mercury assessment. We want to inform national governments about formal and informal mercury trade pathways and shed light onto the key players driving the trade. We hope to support National Action Plans with the insight gained into the illicit mercury trade to enhance the governance of mercury in the ASGM sector. Furthermore, we aim to raise awareness in the global community about the influence and impact of the illicit mercury trade on ASGM.

    15:15 - 16:45

    CET

    Room 15

    The Special Programme, also known as the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme, provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation for effective frameworks for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

    Knowledge Lab
    15:15 - 16:45

    CET

    Localisation of mercury waste treatment

    It´s not rocket science!

    Speaker: Reinhard Schmidt, CEO econ industries

    Countries that do not have sufficient infrastructure to treat their own mercury containing wastes and elemental mercury stockpiles only have two fundamentally different options: Exporting of wastes or building up local treatment facilities. Hazardous waste export requires a significant amount of bureaucracy, packaging and transport. Export also involves considerable time requirements, expenses and emissions. Localisation of mercury waste treatment opens the door for an increase of local waste treatment know how with qualified jobs. Localisation also maximises transparency in mercury waste handling. On a long term basis localisation of waste treatment is the more economic solution. Since 16 years econ industries is supplier for larger and smaller solutions for the treatment of hazardous wastes. The company has installed hazardous waste treatment facilities in over 15 countries worldwide. The lecture should encourage local stakeholders to build and operate own mercury waste treatment facilities, based on equipment which is affordable and `Made in Germany´.

    20:15 - 21:00

    CET

    Presenters of “Indigenous Voices from the Southeastern Peruvian Amazon: Mercury-related issues and their Impact on their Health and Communities” will share their experiences as leaders, members, as well as advisors to indigenous communities in Peru, with a focus on the country’s Southeastern Amazon, the region of Madre de Dios. Mercury contamination from small-scale and artisanal mining (ASGM) occurs throughout the country, often impacting indigenous populations hardest because of a diet high in river fish. For the tribes living in voluntary isolation (Pueblos Indígenas en Situación de Aislamiento y Contacto Inicial (PIACI)), there is even greater concern about the health effects of mercury on already-vulnerable populations. The Indigenous Federation of the Madre de Dios River and its Tributaries (La Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes (FENAMAD)) along with The Inter-Ethnic Association for Development in the Peruvian Rainforest (Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP), will share their perspectives, the challenges they face, and their hopes for implementing strategic goals to alleviate the toxic body-burdens in their communities.

    15:15 - 16:00

    CET

    The event will introduce the devastating and growing problem of illegal mining and mercury use in the Amazon biome; presenting its major impacts upon local and indigenous societies, the environmental end economic consequences, and the regional coordinated actions that need to be addressed not only from a national perspective, but from an international collaborative effort between Amazon countries and others involved in gold markets.

    It will also help to introduce the regional multi-stakeholder Mercury Free Amazon Alliance and its strategy that have been developed to tackle the problem of illegal gold mining from a comprehensive and integral perspective that comprises environmental, social, health, economic and global markets considerations.

    Finally, the Amazon regional analysis on mercury impacts will be launched during the event, presenting some of the most important results. 

    16:00 - 16:45

    CET

    The event aims to build on the technical assistance and legislative frameworks adopted to date in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions to promote the effective enforcement of the commitments taken by ACP countries as Parties to chemicals and waste conventions including the Minamata, BRS and Bamako conventions. This will be ensured through improved compliance with and enforcement of key policies and legislations in countries; specific protocols and mechanisms that facilitate the sharing of information and experiences; and the provision of sound environmental data and tools to policy makers to close the gap between science and policy experienced at the national level.

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