Highlights and images of main proceedings for 10 March 2016

Jordan

Summary

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

Participants