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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)

Delegates from Africa review the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to discuss proceedings from Saturday

On Sunday morning, delegates to INC7 convened in plenary to hear reports from contact groups on rules, finance and technical issues before moving ahead with work on issues including, inter alia, artisanal and small-scale gold mining, mercury supply sources and trade, environmentally sound interim storage of mercury other than waste mercury, mercury wastes, and contaminated sites. The contact group on rules continued its work in parallel with the morning plenary and into the afternoon. The contact groups on finance, reporting and technical issues convened in the afternoon.

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Delegates gather for the start of plenary


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair

Contact Group on Rules Co-Chair
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan


Technical Matters Contact Group Co-Chair Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic

Finance Contact Group Co-Chair
Gregor Filyk, Canada

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


Susan Egan Keane, Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC), and Ken Davis, UNEP

Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organisation (WHO)


Aneta Willems, EU

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

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


Oumar Diaouré Cissé, Mali

Norazeyan Dzul Kornain, Malaysia


Lana Saria, Indonesia

Sam Adu-Kumi, Ghana

Marianne Bailey, US


Toï Pagnibam Meba, Togo

Haddijatou Jallow, Sierra Leone

Desiré Yameogo, Burkina Faso


Griffins Ochieng, IPEN

Dominique Bally Kpokro, Zero Mercury Working Group



Contact Group on Rules


Contact Group on Rules


Contact Group Co-Chairs Andrew McNee, Australia, and Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan

Jill Hanna, EU


Angela Rivera, Colombia

Silvia Maciunas, Canada

Wondwossen Wondemagegnehu, Ethiopia, speaking on
behalf of the African Group


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland

Jean Le Roux, New Zealand


Christopher Allen, EU

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan


Contact Group on Finance


Contact Group on Finance


Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran

Jozef Buys, EU


Adel Shafei Mohamed Osman, Egypt

Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland


Contact Group on Reporting


Contact Group on Reporting


Mick Saito, Japan

Contact Group Co-Chair Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia


Virginia Poter, Canada

Eirik Hovland Steindal, Norway

Sheila Logan, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention


Around the Venue



Delegates from Japan

Delegates from China


Delegates between sessions


Delegates meet informally

A delegate views the ENB website


Georg Karlaganis, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


Documents discussing the distribution of mercury around the world






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