DateNovember 19-23, 2018

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The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) took place from 19 to 23 November 2018 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Options for Addressing Emissions and Releases of Mercury

GEF Side Event

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 COP1 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 COP1 the GEF presented its initial work on how it is working with countries to address the use mercury in the ASGM sector. This side event featured discussions on cost effective options for addressing the emissions of mercury from the industrial sector and how formalization can be accomplished.