COP Bureau

COP Bureau

At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury adopted the rules of procedure under which it would operate and elected a President of the Conference of the Parties, as well as nine Vice-Presidents that together would form the Bureau. Officers were elected to serve at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties, during the intersessional period and at the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties elected David Kapindula (Zambia) as President of COP3 and nine Vice-Presidents. At the first meeting of the Bureau, Karel Bláha (Czechia) agreed to serve also as Rapporteur.

The composition of the COP Bureau is as follows:

  • For Africa: David Kapindula (Zambia) and Serge Molly Allo’o Allo’o (Gabon);
  • For Asia and the Pacific: Mohammed Khashashneh (Jordan) and Adel Jahankhah (Iran);
  • For Central and Eastern Europe: Svetlana Bolocan (Moldova) and Karel Bláha (Czechia);
  • For Latin America and the Caribbean: Mariscia Charles (Guyana) and María del Mar Solano Trejos (Costa Rica);
  • For Western Europe and Others: Nina Cromnier (Sweden) and Alison Dickson (Canada).

On 29 January 2019, the COP-3 Bureau held its first meeting via teleconference. The purpose of this meeting was to reflect on the outcome of COP-2, update on the status of intersessional processes and activities of the Secretariat, set and oversee the schedule of work for the preparation of COP-3, and consider the contributions pledged and received, as well as additional resource needs to be addressed for 2019.

The Bureau will hold its next meeting in a face-to-face format, in Geneva, on 26 April 2019, back-to-back with the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.


Bureau Teleconference, 29 January 2019:

  • Download the report of the meeting in pdf

Bureau Meeting, 13 - 14 September 2018, Geneva:

  • The COP Bureau held a face-to-face meeting to discuss preparations for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Bureau Teleconference, 27 April 2018:

  • Download the report of the meeting in pdf

Bureau Teleconference, December 2017:

  • Download the report of the meeting in pdf
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