16 Dec 2010

Venue: International Environment House II

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

Debriefing delivered by UNEP high-level representatives on the preparations of INC2 and the third meeting of the consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes.

The year 2011 is going to be crucial for the chemicals agenda at the global level.

In February 2009, with a historical decision, the Governing Council of UNEP agreed on the need to develop a global legally binding instrument on mercury. The work to prepare this instrument is being undertaken by an intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) supported by the Chemicals Branch of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics as secretariat. The goal is to complete the negotiations before the twenty-seventh regular session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in 2013. The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC2) will be held in Chiba, Japan from 24 to 28 January, 2011.

At GC.SS.XI/GMEF, in 2010, the Governing Council welcomed the establishment of the consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes and requested the Executive Director of UNEP to continue leading that process. The third meeting of the process is scheduled to take place in Pretoria, South Africa from 10 to 11 January 2011.


Coffee & Tea

Welcome and introduction
Gaetano Leone, Deputy Director, Regional office for Europe, UNEP
Per Bakken, Head, Chemicals Branch, UNEP

Second session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury
Matthew Gubb, Coordinator, SAICM secretariat and mercury negotiations, UNEP

Consultative Process on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes
 Jacob Duer, Senior Advisor, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP

Question-and-answer session