Sixth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee Meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Center Research Associate and PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu participated in the Sixth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee Meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The meeting took place from the 3rd to the 7th of November, 2014 at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok.
One of the primary objectives of the meeting was to facilitate the rapid entry into force and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention – a multilateral environmental agreement adopted in October 2013 with the goal of protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. At the meeting, delegates negotiated many practical issues concerning the convention, such as rules of procedure, the financial mechanism, and rules of reporting. These topics need to be addressed before the convention can effectively come into force.
Wondwossen was commissioned by the Africa Union to provide support on policy and legal matters to the Africa Region’s official negotiating team. He has been working in this capacity since the start of the negotiations in 2010. To read more about the meeting and the convention, click here.