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).

Each of the clinics will provide an opportunity for countries to demonstrate the progress of their MIA projects, exchange information on their findings, and discuss their experiences and future opportunities for MIAs and for the implementation of the Convention at the national level. The MIA Clinics are envisaged as a platform to share the experiences from different parts of the world in order to allow the successes, the approaches and the lessons learned to contribute to future work. The sessions aim to be interactive with the audience to the extent possible.

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

The Show Case Events will provide governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders with an opportunity to share information and best practices on the activities carried out to support the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention.

It is expected that the 90-minute sessions will include panel discussions and other interactive activities that will highlight the broader challenges to implementation of the Convention.

The Show Case Events are envisaged as an interactive forum for presenters and participants to have a dialogue in relation to general issues regarding implementation.


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

There will be three Knowledge Labs taking place following the closing of plenary at 18:15 on the evenings of Sunday 24 September, Monday 25 September, and Wednesday 27 September. Each 45-minute session is envisaged as a platform where stakeholders can share relevant information in relation to the life cycle of mercury and the Minamata Convention.

The Knowledge Labs will serve to highlight specific information in relation to one or more of the articles under the Convention. Governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations are invited to provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of a specific technical issue under the Convention.

The Knowledge Labs are envisaged as an interactive forum for presenters and participants to have a dialogue in relation to a particular issue of concern or interest under the Convention.


Exhibition 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?

Exhibition space will be available for countries and organizations to showcase their work within the framework of these questions.


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.