Regional meeting in preparation to COP2 of the Minamata Convention on mercury

The Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic supported the Regional meeting for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Preparation for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on mercury and subsequent information sessions on the three conventions (BRS) and SAICM held in Chisinau, Moldova, on 16-18 October 2018.

In addition, information sessions on other matters of relevance in the chemicals and waste cluster such as Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management were held back-to-back with the regional consultations on 18 October 2018 led by the respective secretariats and bureau members.

The regional consultations on mercury took place in the hotel Jolly Alon in the centre of Chisinau, Moldova. The meeting comprised presentations of the documents available for COP2, followed by discussions among Governments addressing various issues to be discussed at COP2. There were 44 participants in the meeting representing the 18 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine), international organizations and agencies UNDP Astana, SAICM Secretariat, BRS Secretariat and World Health Organization, the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, and civil society participants representing Zero Mercury Working Group, Alliance for Mercury free Dentistry and IPEN.

Meeting was opened by Rossana Silva-Repetto, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention who welcomed all participants in the meeting and acknowledged the generous support of donors from Austria, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland who made the meeting possible. Bureau member Ms. Svetlana Bolocan, CEE bureau representative from Moldova, welcomed all on behalf of the host country. Delegates were also welcomed by secretary Secretary of State, Ms. Valentina Tapis, Ministry of Agriculture of Moldova who emphasized importance of the Minamata Convention for countries with economies in transition and invited more countries in the region to become Parties as soon as possible. Indeed, Armenia became a Parti intersessionally and delegations of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine informed on the very advanced stage of their ratification and hoped it could be finalized before end 2018. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina updated on progress of their ratification and other countries also provided progress report on implementation of their Minamata Initial Assessment projects that should also feed into the ratification process.

Agenda of the meeting as well as presentations and minutes of hte meeting are provided via links to relevant sessions.

Meeting documents

Minamata Convention session

BRS session

SAICM session