Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3)

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) will take place from 25 to 29 November 2019 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland

Side Events and Briefings:

Sunday 24 November – 13:00-14:00 – Room 3

Technical Briefing on national reporting under the Convention

Article 21 of the Convention requests parties to periodically report on the measures taken to implement the Convention, effectiveness of these measures, and possible challenges they face. The first “short” reporting is due by 31 December 2019, covering Article 3 (mercury supply and trade) and Article 11 (waste). The full reporting is due by 31 December 2021, when parties are expected to report on the measures to phase out mercury-added products by 2020, national action plan on artisanal and small-scale gold mining, etc.

This technical briefing will deep-dive into the technical aspects of the first reporting in 2019, and remind the delegates on the parties’ obligations to control the life-cycle of mercury that they have to report on in 2021.


1. First biennial reporting by 31 December 2019 – Deep dive

  • Question 1 – primary mercury mining
  • Question 2 – stocks and sources of mercury
  • Question 3 – import consent
  • Recent trend in mercury trade
  • Question 4 – final disposal facilities
  • On-line reporting tool
  • National focal points

2. Full reporting by 31 December 2021 – Heads up

  • Article 4 (products) – measures taken towards 2020 phase-out
  • Article 5 (processes) – measures taken towards 2018/2025 phase-out
  • Article 7 (ASGM) – national action plan within three years
  • Other articles

Sunday 24 November – 14:00-15:00 – Room 2

Briefing by the African Group on the proposed amendment to Annex A of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
African Region

Modérateur/Moderator  Mme/Ms. Oarabile Serumola (Botswana)

ThèmesItemsSpeakers / IntervenantsDuration
Conclusions sur l’analyse de la situation régionale sur la dentisterie en AfriqueConclusions on the analysis of the regional situation on dentistry in AfricaIng. Serge Molly Allo’o Allo’o (Gabon)5mn
Pourquoi la région Afrique soutien-t-il l’élimination de l’amalgame dentaire ?Why does the Africa region support the face out dental amalgam?Dr. Christopher Kapeshi (Zambia) 5mn
Expérience des alternatives disponibles pour une dentisterie sans mercure en Afrique : Cas de la Côte d’IvoireExperience of alternatives available for mercury-free dentistry in Africa: Case of Côte d’IvoireDr. Sy Martial (Côte d’Ivoire) 5mn
Pourquoi l’Alliance mondiale pour une dentisterie sans mercure soutient la proposition d’amendement de la région Afrique ?Why is the Global Alliance forMercury Free Dentistry supporting the Africa Region Amendment Proposal?Charlie G. Brown (USA)
Sharhriar Hossain Ph.D Vice President, World Alliance (Asia Pacific/ Bangladesh
Dentisterie sans mercure, opportunité sanitaires et environnementales pour les pays en développementMercury-free dentistry, health and environmental opportunities for developing countriesMariscia Charles (Guyana 5mn
Fondement juridique de la proposition d’amendement de l’Annexe A proposé par la région AfriqueLegal basis of the proposed amendment to Annex A proposed by the Africa regionDr. Wondwossen Syntayehu (Ethiopie/Institut Africain) 5mn
Questions réponseReactions/comments20mn

Overview of the Speakers:

Ms. Oarabile Serumola (Botswana)
Ms. Oarabile Serumolais chemist, Director of the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control under Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism of Botswana. She administers three Chemical Conventions : Basel Convention, Stockholm Convention and Minamata Convention on Mercury. Her core mandates is to regulate the waste sector through development and implementation of Policies/ legislations and regulations dealing with waste management. She has over 20 years exprience dealing with environmental pollution and waste management issues.
Email  Phone + 267 3934483  Mobile +267 73333589.

Serge Molly Allo’o Allo’o (Gabon)
Serge Molly Allo’o Allo’o is Biochemist, Deputy Director General of the National Antipollution Center, an institution under the authority of the Ministry in charge of the Environment whose mission is the fight against pollution and nuisance. He participated in negotiations on the development of the Minamata Convention and has extensive experience in negotiating Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) for chemicals and hazardous wastes.
He is Vice-President of the Minamata’s COP2 on behalf of the Africa Region.
Email  Phone +241 077708528

Dr. Christopher Kapeshi (Zambia)
Dr. Christopher Kapeshi has over 16 years work experience as a dental surgeon and specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is involved in teaching both medical and dental students in government and private universities in Zambia. He has served as a board member on a multi-national board. He is currently practicing as a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon at University teaching hospital in Lusaka Zambia. He is currently the president of the Zambia Dental association (ZDA)

Dr. Say Martial (Cote d’Ivoire)
Dr. SAY Martial held a Ph D degree in organic chemistry in 2001 at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. He is assistant professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry at Felix Houphouet Boigny University. He has been appointed to be Coordinator of the National Programme for Chemicals Management at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. He is also the National Focal Point of the Minamata Convention on mercury.

Charlie G. Brown (USA)
Charlie Brown, an attorney, is president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, the umbrella NGO which mobilizes civil society to work to end the use of mercury amalgam. The World Alliance works with governments and NGOs around the work, and with its regional affiliates: the Asian Center for Environmental Health, le Centre Africain pour la Santé Environnementale, the Latin American Center for Environmental Health, and the European Center for Environmental Medicine. 

Ph.D  Sharhriar Hossain (Bangladesh)
Dr. Shahriar Hossain is an ecologist and social justice advocacy, he is being involved with the Minamata process since 2008 and member of Minamata Convention mercury waste expert group. He is a contributor and expert of the UNEP Practical Hand Book on waste. Dr. Shahriar is a social and environmental activist and founder of Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO and working on Mercury Amalgam issue since 2012, he is now the Executive Vice President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

Mariscia Charles (Guyana)
Ms. Mariscia Charles is a Policy Analyst in the Minister’s Secretariat at the Ministry of Natural Resources in Guyana. She is Guyana’s National Focal Point on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the National Supervisor for Guyana National Action Plan for the ASGM sector Project, the National Coordinator for the National Working Group for the implementation of the Minamata Convention. She is also a current Bureau member from the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean for COP3. As Guyana’s Minamata Convention project lead, she provides policy advice to the Minister of Natural Resources on a wide range of ministerial and public policy issues specifically to Minamata and Mercury, coordinate and participate in the policy-making consultative processes and prepare and provide quality control reviews and advise on the policy matters.

Dr. Wondwossen  Syntayehu (Ethiopie/Institut Africain)

Wondwossen Sintayehu is a lawyer who has extensively represented Ethiopia and Africa in multilateral negotiations on environmental matters. He represented the continent to effectively negotiate the Minamata Convention on Mercury – for which he received the “Public Official of the Year” award in 2013 in Geneva from the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry. He is also a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Boston with specialization on the science-policy interface on environmental policy making processes. Previously, he served as the Policy Director for the Environment Ministry in Ethiopia and coordinated the adoption of several policies and laws on the environment including the chemicals and waste cluster. 

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