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Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC3) was held in Nairobi, from 31 October to 4 November 2011. 




Photo: Sculpture "Pez-Peste",
Artist: Nicolas Garcia Uriburu

 At INC3, delegates completed a full review of the new draft text of the comprehensive and suitable approach to mercury (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC3/3) prepared by the secretariat on the basis of the views expressed by parties at INC2 (see INC2 report) and submitted in writing after that session (see submissions).


Six contact groups met during the week and new text was developed on articles related to artisanal and small scale gold mining; storage, wastes and contaminated sites; and awareness-raising, research and monitoring, and communication of information. The legal group, established at INC2, considered articles related to institutional arrangements, settlement of disputes and final provisions.


The committee concluded by requesting interesessional work that will include preparation by the secretariat of a revised text based on reports by contact groups and work of the legal group.


Read the full INC3 meeting report.