The Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the BCRC-Caribbean will be holding a Sub-regional Workshop for Caribbean countries in support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The workshop will be held from 19th to 21st January, 2015 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and is expected to be attended by Government representatives of twelve (12) Caribbean countries, representatives from additional countries within the wider Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, implementation agencies, and stakeholder organisations in the mercury issue from across the Caribbean sub-region and the LAC region.
The workshop is one in a series of workshops being held globally in accordance with the mandate set out by the Final Act of the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto in October 2013 to facilitate activities at the regional and country level to support ratification and early implementation during the interim period in an effective and efficient manner. These workshops have been organised by the Interim Secretariat along with other relevant actors, including those under the ambit of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, in order to support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
The Caribbean workshop is being held in order to assist the Caribbean countries as they execute the requisite measures and processes at the national level towards their ratification and subsequent implementation of their obligations under the Minamata Convention. Consequently, the workshop is being organised in order to achieve the following objectives:
- To enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Minamata Convention among the Caribbean countries;
- To familiarise the countries with the process for signature, ratification and implementation of the Convention;
- To provide countries with information about the available sources of support for the early implementation of the Convention; and
- To create opportunities for exchange and action at the sub-regional level.
Upon the closure of the workshop, it is expected that national roadmaps outlining the measures to be taken at the national level in order to progress towards ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention will be developed by the participating countries. Furthermore, the workshop will provide a medium for coordinating enabling activities and other related work in the interim period given the dissemination of information on planned national and sub-regional activities expected to take place during the workshop.
Ultimately, the workshop will ensure that the Caribbean countries will have adequate support for their domestic processes as they proceed towards ratification and early implementation of their obligations under the Convention.