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The Mercury Club

 

Following the approach used during negotiations of the Stockholm Convention and during implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, a “Mercury Club” had been established to recognize support for the negotiating process for the legally binding instrument on mercury.

 

The aim was to present awards during each of the five sessions of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury held from 2010 to 2013. 

 

Three different types of awards, namely, gold, silver and bronze, were presented according to the level of contributions received in the time period between the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council, where the decision to convene negotiations was taken, and the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee where Governments agreed to the text of the “Minamata Convention on Mercury”. 

 

Awardees included Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals.  Contributions could be made in cash or in-kind, a typical example of the latter being the hosting of a meeting directly related to the negotiating process. 

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Certificates were awarded as follows:

 

GOLD - contributions of USD 1,000,000 and more

SILVER - contributions of USD 500,000 and more

BRONZE - contributions of under USD 500,000

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In addition to the certificates awarded in recognition of contributions directly to the mercury negotiations process, UNEP wishes to extend its appreciation to donors who supported the process through their contribution to the Environment Fund.

As of the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC5), which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 19 January 2013, certificates have been awarded as follows: 

GOLD certificate to:

  • The Nordic Council of Ministers for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process, including towards the hosting of the first session of the negotiating committee in Stockholm in June 2010;
  • The European Union for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Japan for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process, including towards the hosting of the second session of the negotiating committee in Chiba in January 2011 and its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Asia and Pacific region in September 2011;
  • The Government of Norway for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Switzerland for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of the United States of America for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Uruguay for its financial contributions towards the hosting of the fourth session of the negotiating committee in Punta del Este in June-July 2012.

SILVER certificate to:

  • The Government of Canada for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process.
  • The Government of Germany for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process.
  • The Government of Sweden for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process and its hosting of a meeting of the Bureau in Gimo in October 2011.

BRONZE certificate to:

  • The African Union Commission for its contribution to ensure interpretation for African regional meetings during INC4;
  • The Government of Belgium for its financial contribution to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Brazil for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Latin America and the Caribbean region in May 2012;
  • The Government of Burkina Faso for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the African region in September 2011;
  • The Government of Canada for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Chile for its hosting of a consultation in October 2010;
  • The Government of China for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Asia and Pacific region in November 2009;
  • The Government of Colombia for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Latin America and the Caribbean region in November 2012; 
  • The Corporacion Andina de Fomento for its contribution to ensure interpretation for Latin America and the Caribbean regional meetings during INC4;
  • The Government of the Czech Republic for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process and its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Central and Eastern European region in October 2011;
  • The Government of Denmark for its financial contribution to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of Egypt for its hosting of a sub-regional consultation meeting for the Arab sub-region in April 2010;
  • The Government of Finland for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Government of France for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process and its contribution of a Junior Professional officer to UNEP as part of  the secretariat for the negotiations;
  • The Government of Gabon for its contribution to ensure interpretation for the African regional meetings during the second session of the negotiating committee in Chiba, Japan, in January 2011;
  • The Government of Germany for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process;
  • The Global Environment Facility for its financial contribution to the regional meetings prior to INC4 and support of a Bureau meeting in June 2012;
  • The Government of Jamaica for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean region in March 2010;
  • The Government of Kenya for its hospitality and contribution to ensure interpretation for the African regional meetings during the third session of the negotiating committee in Nairobi in October-November 2011;
  • The Government of Poland for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Central and Eastern Europe region in December 2009;
  • The Government of Spain for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process and its contribution of a Junior Professional officer to UNEP as part of  the secretariat for the negotiations;
  • The Government of Thailand for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the Asia and Pacific region in October/November 2012;
  • The Government of Tunisia for its hosting of a regional consultation meeting for the African region in November 2012;
  • The Government of the United Kingdom for its financial contributions to support the negotiating process.

 

 Mercury Club awardees at the first negotiating session in Stockholm, June 2010.

 

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