Legally binding instrument on
At its 25th session, the
agreed to elaborate a legally binding instrument on mercury. It asked UNEP
to convene an intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC)
with the mandate to
prepare the legally binding instrument, commencing its work in 2010. The
first session of the committee will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 7 to
11 June 2010.
To inform the INC the Governing Council at its 25th session requested the
Executive Director of UNEP to develop a study on various mercury emitting
sources (“The paragraph29
prepare for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee, the
Governing Council established an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to discuss the negotiating
priorities, timetable and organization of the intergovernmental negotiating
committee. The meeting was held
in Bangkok from 19 to 23 October 2009.
Regional meetings to prepare for the
negotiations have also been held.
Previously, an Ad-hoc Open Ended Working Group to review and assess measures to address the global issue of
mercury was established by GC decision 24/3. The first meeting of this
earlier working group was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2007. The
second meeting took place from 6 to 10
October, 2008 at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Reports and other
meeting documents may be obtained by clicking on the links above.