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7th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7)

10-15 March 2016 | Jordan

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A view of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), venue of the meeting, with the Petronas Towers in the background (photo courtesy of KLCC)

Jordanian dancers perform a traditional dance to welcome delegates to the meeting

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC7) opened Thursday and is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, March 15 at the Dead Sea, Jordan. Plenary convened in the morning for the opening of the meeting, which included welcome addresses by Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme, and Taher Shakhashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan, who was speaking on behalf of King Abdullah II. Delegates reconvened in plenary in the afternoon to continue work on the substantive items on its agenda, including hearing opening statements from regions and countries. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Jordan.

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Opening Ceremony


Delegates gather for the opening ceremony


Jacob Duer, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair


Taher Shakhashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan

Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director


Jordanian dancers perform a traditional dance to open the meeting



Jordanian youth recite a pledge to protect the environment


Side Events


Side event discussing the Jordan Dead Sea industries, hosted by the Government of Jordan


Side event 'Gearing up for implementation - what are the first steps?' hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Afternoon Plenary


L-R: Masa Nagai, UNEP; Jacob Duer, intermin secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair; Sheila Logan, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Nina Cromnier, Sweden, Rapporteur; and Andrea Lechner, BRS Secretariat


Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan,
speaking on behalf of the Arab Group

Reginald Hernaus, EU


Agustina Camilli, Uruguay, speaking
on behalf of the Latin American
and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Mick Saito, Japan, speaking on behalf
of the Asia-Pacific Region

David Kapindula, Zambia, speaking on behalf of the African Group


Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation, speaking on behalf of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Group

Franz Perrez, Switzerland


Zhao Wei Jun, China

Kasimu Bayero, Nigeria

Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines


Sezaneh Seymour, US

Luay Al Mukhtar, Iraq


Tuti Hendrawati Mintarsih, Indonesia


Around the Venue


Delegates gather before the start of plenary


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair; Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director; and Taher Shakhashir,
Minister of Environment, Jordan

Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan,
welcomes delegates to the meeting


Delegates from Brazil

The youngest delegate attending the meeting


A delegate reads the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website

Delegates from China review a document


Delegates gather informally before the start of plenary



Artifacts from Jordan on display around the venue




Reception Hosted by the Government of Jordan


Delegates gather for the reception hosted by the Government of Jordan


Taher Shakhashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan, and
Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director

Delegates from Saudi Arabia


Delegates throughout the evening



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