15 Jun 2012

Venue: International Environment House 2

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

In 2009, the United Nations Environment Programm (UNEP) Governing Council agreed on the need to develop a global legally binding instrument on mercury and to complete negotiations prior to the 27th session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in 2013. The work to prepare this instrument is undertaken by an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee supported by the Chemicals Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of UNEP. The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) will be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 27 June to 2 July 2012.

The GEN secretariat and UNEP Mercury team organized a briefing on the preparations of INC4. The briefing was held at the International Environment House on Friday 15 June.

After a brief introduction by Tim Kasten, UNEP Chemical Branch Chief, Fernando Lugris, INC Chair, presented in details the opportunies and next steps of the Mercury Negotiations. Jacob Duer gave a short presentation of the meeting logistics in Punta del Este.

After a short question and answers session on the negotiations, Brenda Koekkoek presentend UNEP work on artisanal and small-scale gold mining, preceeded by a short film to be presented in Punta del Este.


Coffee & Tea

Welcome and
Brief overview of the negotiations until today

Tim Kasten, Chief, Chemicals Branch, UNEP

Preparations for the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury

INC4 – opportunities and next steps
Fernando Lugris
, INC Chair, Uruguay

INC4 – logistics
Jacob Duer
, Coordinator, Mercury Negotiations Team, Chemicals Branch, UNEP
Sheila Logan, Programme Officer, Mercury Negotiations Team, Chemicals Branch, UNEP

Question-and-answer session

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining

The challenges (10 minute film)
Available UNEP Resource Tools, including the technical guidance document
Brenda Koekkoek, Mercury Team, Chemicals Branch, UNEP
Questions / Dialogue


For more information about the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) see the following websites :

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