Guyana to serve on bu­reau for Mi­na­mata Con­ven­tion con­fer­ence

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Guyana has been nom­i­nated to serve on the Bu­reau of the Con­fer­ence of Par­ties to the Mi­na­mata Con­ven­tion on Mer­cury 3 (COP 3) and Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Project Of­fi­cer Marisica Charles has been elected as one of the two Vice-Pres­i­dents from the Group of Latin Amer­ica and Caribbean coun­tries (GRULAC), the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, the min­istry said these de­vel­op­ments, which took place at the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the Mi­na­mata Con­fer­ence on Mer­cury 2 (COP2), are in recog­ni­tion of the strides that Guyana has made in im­ple­ment­ing the Con­ven­tion.

The min­istry said Charles and Del Mar Solano, of Costa Rica are the GRULAC’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The Bu­reau mem­bers are tasked to rep­re­sent their re­gions and in­di­vid­ual coun­tries and par­ties’ in­ter­est as it re­lates to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Mi­na­mata Con­ven­tion.

COP 3 will take place in Geneva, Switzer­land in Novem­ber, 2019.

The COP 2 con­fer­ence, which ran from Novem­ber 19th to Novem­ber 22nd in Geneva, saw in at­ten­dance a five-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from Guyana com­pris­ing of the Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Raphael Trot­man, Am­bas­sador and Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Guyana to the United Na­tions and Of­fice and Other In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tions at Geneva Dr. John Ford and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, the Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

Over the five- day pe­riod, the del­e­ga­tion par­tic­i­pated in the Ple­nary and Con­tact Group dis­cus­sions for the adop­tion of ar­ti­cles and agenda items aimed to­wards the phased and to­tal elim­i­na­tion of the use of mer­cury in all ac­tiv­i­ties and specif­i­cally for Guyana in the Ar­ti­sanal Small-Scale Gold Min­ing (ASGM) sec­tor.

The min­istry said Guyana signed and rat­i­fied the Mi­na­mata Con­ven­tion on Mer­cury in Oc­to­ber, 2013 and Septem­ber, 2014, re­spec­tively. The Con­ven­tion is an in­ter­na­tional treaty de­signed to pro­tect hu­man health and the en­vi­ron­ment from an­thro­pogenic emis­sions and re­leases of mer­cury and its com­pounds. It came into force Au­gust 2017. At the COP 1, held in Septem­ber, 2017 in Geneva, Switzer­land, Pres­i­dent David Granger af­firmed Guyana’s po­si­tion and com­mit­ment to the elim­i­na­tion of the use of mer­cury by 2027.

The min­istry added that a Na­tional Work­ing Group has been re­con­sti­tuted as of Au­gust, 2018 and has been re­view­ing the draft Na­tional Ac­tion Plan, with stake­hold­ers giv­ing com­ments and in­puts on how it can be com­pleted. Mem­bers of the Guyanese del­e­ga­tion: (Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources photo)

From left in the front row are Am­bas­sador and Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Guyana to the United Na­tions Of­fice and other In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tions at Geneva Dr. John Ford, Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Raphael Trot­man and Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Project Of­fi­cer Mariscia Charles. From left in the sec­ond row are Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Car­los Todd and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Feli­cia Adams-Kell­man.

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