The workshop was organized with the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention is organizing, together with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) with support from BCRC-SEA, hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. It was held back-to-back with the regional preparatory meeting for the 2015 meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 19-20 March 2015.
The Asia and the Pacific meetings were attended by 160 participants, including 103 government representatives from 39 countries, and the Africa regional meetings were attended by 163 participants, including 140 government representatives from 43 countries. Intergovernmental organizations and UN Agencies that play an important role in supporting efforts towards ratification and implementation of the Convention, including the GEF, UNDP, UNIDO, UNITAR, WHO, UNEP, Basel and Stockholm Regional Centres as well as several NGOs active in the respective regions also took part in the meetings.
The aim of the Minamata regional workshops is to support countries in their efforts towards ratification and effective implementation of the Convention, building on lessons learned from previous sub-regional workshops. They represent an opportunity to discuss progress to date and possible areas of cooperation within the region as well as preparations for the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee and COP1.
More information can be seen in the website of the Minamata Convention: