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Open-Ended Working Group to prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on mercury

To prepare for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee, the Governing Council established an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to discuss the negotiating priorities, timetable and organization of the intergovernmental negotiating committee. The meeting was held in Bangkok from 19 to 23 October 2009. Regional meetings to prepare for the negotiations have also been held.

Previously, an Ad-hoc Open Ended Working Group to review and assess measures to address the global issue of mercury was established by GC decision 24/3. The first meeting of this earlier working group was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2007. The second meeting took place from 6 to 10 October, 2008 at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Reports and other meeting documents may be obtained by clicking on the links above.

OEWG documents

Bangkok, 2009

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Open-Ended Working Group 2
Nairobi, 2008


Open-Ended Working Group 1
Bangkok, 2007