Events On The Side


In addition to the Thematic Sessions, a number of events will take place on the side of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties:


MIA (Minamata Convention Initial Assessment) Clinics

(90 min) where countries with UNEP, UNDP and UNIDO and partners showcase their MIA work, including lessons learned – Download programme

Three MIA Clinics will take place at lunch time starting at 13:15, on Experiences of small island development states (SIDS) (Monday, 25 September), Experiences of countries with artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) activities (Tuesday 26, September) and Experiences of emerging economies with industrial sources of mercury (Wednesday, 27 September).

The sessions will be facilitated by a moderator and will be run by the implementing agencies of the MIA. Discussions will be guided by questions relevant to each topic. With the Global Environment Facility, MIA Clinics will be run by the implementing agencies of the MIA, namely the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The results of the clinics will show progress achieved, lessons learned, and reflect on recommended actions in the development of MIAs and more broadly on implementing the Minamata Convention.


Show Case Events

(90 min), where stakeholders can showcase activities that have supported the ratification and early implementation of the convention – Download programme

There will be five Show Case Events taking place during lunch time starting at 13:15, three on Sunday 24 September and three on Friday 29 September.



Sunday 24 September, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

A. Responsible supply chains of minerals: combating reduction of the use of mercury and broader human rights protection in gold production.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Room 3

B. Mercury Waste Management for our future – Global Mercury Waste Assessment and Online Training Module on Mercury Waste.
International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)/UN Environment – Room 4

C. From earth to earth – taking mercury our of the global market.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – Espace Leman (bar)

Friday 29 September, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

D. Local to Global Coalitions on Chemicals, Waste and Mercury Management.
IPEN, Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), UNDP and GEF Small Grants Programme – Room 18

E. How do we protect ourselves and the environment from mercury pollution? – Transforming knowledge into action.
GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), UN Environment and UNITAR – Room 4


Knowledge Labs

(45 min) on the life cycle of mercury and the Minamata Convention – Download programme



Sunday 24 September, 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Exhibition area)

The Challenge of Mercury-Contaminated Sites.
International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

Monday 25 September, 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Exhibition area)

Make Dental Amalgam History.
World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry

Wednesday 27 September, 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Exhibition area)

Collecting, managing, and translating data into National Action Plans for ASGM.
UN Environment, UNITAR and Artisanal Gold Council



Organized throughout the week, featuring the “Minamata Journey” – Download note for exhibitors

The exhibition space – “The Minamata Journey” – is designed to step participants through a journey of the lifecycle of mercury and the Minamata Convention. The space will be set up to provide practical insights on a number of key aspects of mercury, namely:

Where does mercury come from?

How is mercury used?

What happens to mercury after use?

Why do we need to act on mercury?


Hg Week

In parallel to COP1, a week of activities – the “Hg (mercury) Week” – will be organized in different places of the Geneva city to raise the awareness of stakeholders and the public about mercury, its uses, its effects, and how the Minamata Convention contributes to the global solution.