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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)

The INC7 Bureau and interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention

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


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

On Tuesday, delegates to INC7 convened in plenary in the morning to hear reports from the Co-Chairs of the contact groups on rules, finance, reporting and effectiveness evaluation, and technical issues. The contact group on reporting then met in parallel to plenary and the informal group on emissions met during lunch to continue work.

In the afternoon, delegates reconvened in plenary to continue discussions of issues including wastes, emissions and contaminated sites. Delegates also addressed other business, including the report of the interim secretariat on its activities.

Taher Shakashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan, offered a closing address in which he hailed the efforts of delegates and wished them well in their future negotiations. Chair Lugris thanked participants for their hard work and gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:22 pm.

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The INC7 family


Taher Shakhashir, Minister of Environment, Jordan

Raouf Al Dabbas, Ministry of Environment, Jordan


Franz Perrez, Switzerland

Renato Cruz, the Philippines

Sezaneh Seymour, US


Bureau of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee


Monday, 14 March 2016

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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Contact Group on Rules


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



Sunday, 13 March 2016

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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Contact Group on Technical Matters


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



Saturday, 12 March 2016

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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View of the dais during the morning plenary


Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Virginia Poter, Canada


Mariano Castro, Peru

Rochelle Diver, IPEN

Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland


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


Friday, 11 March 2016

INC7 delegates convened in plenary on Friday morning and afternoon, and continued discussions of work related to Article 3 (mercury supply sources and trade) and initiated discussions of work related to Articles 8 (emissions), 13 (financial resources and mechanism), and 23 (Conference of the Parties).

The contact group on technical matters met during the lunch break and in the evening, and the contact group on finance convened in the evening.

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View of the dais during the afternoon plenary


Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, INC Chair

Jacob Duer, interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention


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

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

Alexander Romanov, Russian Federation


Delegates enjoy a view of the Dead Sea before the start of plenary


Thursday, 10 March 2016

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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Jordanian dancers perform a traditional dance to open the meeting


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


Delegates gather for the reception hosted by the Government of Jordan


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