The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) will take place from 19 to 23 November 2018 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Conference will be preceded on Sunday 18 November by preparatory meetings, including regional and other meetings.
Intersessional work in follow up to COP1 is ongoing, and further information, including in relation to draft guidelines on interim storage of mercury and mercury compounds as well as to effectiveness evaluation may be found here.
GEF side event
Options for Addressing Emissions and Releases of Mercury (Monday 19 November, 13:15-14:45)
The GEF which is included in the Financial Mechanism (Article 13) of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is charged with providing resources to meet the agreed incremental costs of global environmental benefits and the agreed full costs of some enabling activities. The GEF received guidance at COP 1 on priority actions to consider during the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund which includes the key emissive sectors, Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining and industrial emissions contained in Annex D of the Minamata Convention.
At COP 1 the GEF presented its initial work on how it is working with countries to address the use mercury in the ASGM sector. As we begin working towards the next phase of implementation during the GEF 7 period the GEF will host a side event to discuss cost effective options for addressing the emissions of mercury from the industrial sector and how formalization can be accomplished.