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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 Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Japan, Iraq and Jordan discuss matters on the second to last day of INC7

On Monday morning, INC7 delegates convened in plenary to hear reports from the contact groups on rules, reporting, finance and technical issues. Delegates then considered issues related to Article 24 on the functions and hosting of the permanent secretariat.

Plenary was suspended in the afternoon to allow contact groups to meet throughout the rest of the day on issues including finance, rules, reporting and effectiveness evaluation, and technical issues.

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair

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


Finance Contact Group Co-Chair
Gregor Filyk, Canada

Reporting Contact Group Co-Chair
Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia

Rules Contact Group Co-Chair
Andrew McNee, Australia


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

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions


Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Franz Perrez, Switzerland

Mariano Castro, Peru


Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation

Luay Al Mukhtar, Iraq

Reginald Hernaus, EU


Genoveva Campos Gil, Venezuela

Haddijatou Jallow, Sierra Leone


Andrea Jones Bennett, Jamaica

Martha Sentí Darías, Cuba

Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan


Jianhong Meng, China

Issam Qasem, Palestine


Contact Group on Finance


Contact Group on Finance


Contact Group Co-Chair Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica

Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland


Sun Yangzhao, China

Jorge Peydro Aznar, EU

Obed Baloyi, South Africa


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Marianne Bailey, US

Comfort Sako, Nigeria


Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland

Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia


Contact Group on Rules


Contact Group on Rules


Christopher Taylor, UNEP

Jill Hanna, EU


Frankie Everitt, New Zealand

Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran


Contact Group on Reporting


Contact Group on Reporting


Paul Almodovar, US

Contact Group Co-Chair David Kapindula, Zambia


Paulina Riquelme Pallamar, Chile

Lee Eeles, Australia

Contact Group Co-Chair
Silvija Kalniņš, Latvia


Around the Venue


Delegates gather for the start of plenary


The Secretariat discusses matters

Delegates meet informally


UNEP conference staff

Delegates from Switzerland


Delegates between sessions


Gregory Bailey, Antigua and Barbuda

Cristina Briel and Juan Simonelli, Argentina



Displays around the venue


Traditional Jordanian art on display




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