INC-3 Workshop: Negotiating a Global Legally Binding Treaty on Mercury


Closed Consultation

When: July 13, 2011 (all-day event)
Where: Ottawa, ON

Through the Toxics, Atmosphere & Energy caucus, Environment Canada invited the RCEN to select up to 5 delegates to participate in a workshop in preparation for the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC-3) to develop a global, legally binding treaty on mercury (October 31 – November 4 in Nairobi, Kenya). One of the five delegates was also selected to participate on the workshop organizing team. The role of this delegate was to provide advice to Environment Canada on procedural, structural and substantive content of the workshop to help ensure a successful workshop.

Selected ENGO Delegates and reports:

  • Fe De Leon, Canadian Environmental Law Association, ON
  • Krista Friesen, Summerhill Impact, ON
  • John Jackson, Great Lakes United, ON
  • Mary Richardson, Keepers of the Athabasca, AB
  • Anna Tilman, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, ON (also selected as delegate of the Workshop Organizing Committee)

The all-day multi-stakeholder workshop was held in the National Capital Region to continue the ongoing negotiations to prepare a treaty on mercury. Environment Canada convened a small workshop organizing team to assist in preparing for the July session. This workshop was an opportunity to represent and express the perspectives of the ENGO community and help shape the Government of Canada’s positions in these mercury negotiations.

In February 2009, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council adopted a decision to convene an Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) to develop a global, legally binding treaty on mercury. The treaty is expected to address mercury supply, trade, demand in products and processes, atmospheric emissions, mercury-containing wastes, contaminated sites, long-term storage, scientific information exchange and arrangements for financial assistance and capacity building. These negotiations are expected to conclude in 2013.

Canada is actively involved in the negotiating process, and participated in the first two INC sessions, held in Sweden in June 2010, and in Japan in January 2011. The next negotiating session will be held in October 2011.

For more information, please contact Jessie Sadler, RCEN National Caucus Coordinator, at (613) 728-9810 ext. 224.

Background Information:

For more information on the international mercury negotiations, including reports form the two previous sessions, visit UNEP’s mercury website.

A meeting report published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development is available at:

For information on Canada’s domestic actions on mercury, please refer to the Risk Management Strategy for Mercury.

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