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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)

Jacob Duer, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention; Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan; and Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair, at the start of the third day of INC7

INC7 delegates convened in plenary on Saturday morning to address issues related to reporting (Article 21) and effectiveness evaluation (Article 22). In his introductory remarks, Chair Lugris announced that Zambia had become the latest country to ratify the Minamata Convention, bringing the total number of ratifications to 24.

Plenary was suspended in the afternoon to allow delegates to work in contact groups to address issues including technical matters, finance and rules.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland. Chair Lugris instructed delegates to use the time to continue informal consultations on a range of issues to be addressed in the remaining three days of the meeting.

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Sheila Logan, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention

Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair


Finance Contact Group Co-Chair
Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

Technical Matters Contact Group Co-Chair Leticia Reis de Carvalho, Brazil

John Roberts, UK, Co-Facilitator of the Best Available Technologies/ Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) Informal Group


Agustina Camilli, Uruguay

Eirik Hovland Steindal, Norway


Ndey Sireng Bakurin, the Gambia

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

Christopher Allen, EU


Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Virginia Poter, Canada


Mariano Castro, Peru

Rochelle Diver, IPEN

Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland



Contact Group on Rules and Procedures


Contact Group on Rules and Procedures


Contact Group Co-Chair Andrew McNee, Australia

Silvia Maciunas, Canada


Felix Wertli, Switzerland

Jill Hanna, EU

Christopher Taylor, UNEP


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Silje Fagernes Johannessen, Norway

Laura Juliana, Colombia

Contact Group Co-Chair Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic


Karissa Kouner, USA

Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia


Contact Group on Finance


View of the dais during the Contact Group on Finance


Contact Group Co-Chair Gregor Filyk, Canada

Obed Baloyi, South Africa


O. O. Dada, Nigeria

Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran


Informal consultations on Article 8 (emissions)


Around the Venue


Stockholm Convention President Sam Adu-Kumi, Ghana; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions; Rotterdam Convention President Franz Perrez, Switzerland; and Basel Convention
President Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, sit beneath a Bedouin tent at the venue


Delegates gather before the start of plenary


Delegates from Indonesia

Frankie Everitt and Jean Le Roux, New Zealand


Paulina Riquelme Pallamar, Chile

Jacob Duer and Sheila Logan, interim
secretariat of the Minamata Convention


Delegates from Saudi Arabia and Jordan

Delegates meet informally



Displays around the venue


A local Jordanian artist creates traditional sand art



View of the Dead Sea with the Judean Desert in the distance


Reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland


Delegates enjoy a reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland






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