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Membership and Contracting Governments

Membership of the IWC is open to any country in the world that formally adheres to the 1946 Convention. Each member country is represented by a Commissioner, who is assisted by experts and advisers.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected from among the Commissioners and usually serve for four years. 

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The USA acts as the depository nation for the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (See Article X of the Convention).  This means that any nation wishing to adhere to the Convention, and thus become a member of the IWC, is required to notify the State Department of the USA.  The USA provides a Status of the Convention document which records the dates that Contracting Governments have adhered and withdrawn from the Convention.

The following table shows all IWC member countries and their current Commissioner.  Where the IWC has been so notified, a link is provided to the member countries own webpage dedicated to their representation to the IWC.  Please note the IWC's disclaimer on external links.

Further to the requirements set out in the Commission’s Rule of Procedure A.2 (Representation) individual contact information for Commissioners can be downloaded here.

Contracting GovernmentAdherenceCommissionerAppointment
Antigua & Barbuda 21/07/82 Ambassador D. Joseph 22/07/14
Argentina 18/05/60 Ambassador S. R. Cerutti 21/01/09
Australia 10/11/48 Ms. D. Petrachenko 09/08/07
Austria 20/05/94 Dr. A. Nouak 09/08/96
Belgium 15/07/04 Not notified -
Belize 17/06/03 Ms. B. Wade 17/05/06
Benin 26/04/02 Mr. J-B. Degbey 03/06/11
Brazil 04/01/74 Ambassador C.F. de Matos Arruda 04/09/14
Bulgaria 10/08/09 Mr. S. Vergiev 24/06/10
Cambodia 01/06/06 Mr. H.E. N. Thuok 14/09/09
Cameroon 14/06/05 Dr. B. Emma 29/01/14
Chile 06/07/79 Mr. J. Fernandez 28/06/13
People's Republic of China 24/09/80 Mr. Li Jianhua 06/06/00
Colombia 22/03/11 Ms. S. B. Lion 06/05/11
Republic of the Congo 29/05/08 Mr. J.A. Kolelas-Ntoumi 21/07/08
Costa Rica 24/07/81 H.E. Mr. F. Mora 03/07/14
Côte d'Ivoire 08/07/04 Dr. D. Kouakou-Pheny 16/04/12
Republic of Croatia 10/01/07 Mr. N. Strizrep 16/05/14
Cyprus 26/02/07 Ms. M. Hadjichristoforou 13/03/07
Czech Republic 26/01/05 Mrs. V. Vilimkova 21/04/11
Denmark 23/05/50 Ms. G. Hundahl  01/08/12
Dominica 18/06/92 Mr. L. Pascal 10/07/01
Dominican Republic 30/07/09 Mr. E. R. Alcantara 23/06/12
Ecuador 10/05/07 Dr. W. Schuldt 28/10/13
Eritrea 10/10/07 Mr. S. M. Ahmed 02/10/08
Estonia 07/01/09 Mr. A. Gromov 04/02/09
Finland 23/02/83 Ms. P. Blankett 03/05/11
France 03/12/48 Mrs. M-A. Mortelette 03/09/12
Gabon 08/05/02 Prof. L. White 14/09/14
The Gambia 17/05/05 Mr. M. Bah 23/06/10
Germany 02/07/82 Mr. W. Duebner 01/02/12
Republic of Ghana 17/07/09 Hon. M. Akyeampong 13/06/11
Grenada 07/04/93 Not Notified -
Guatemala 16/05/06 Dr. F. D. Monge 05/11/08
Guinea-Bissau 29/05/07 Mr. O. S. Baldé 06/06/12
Republic of Guinea 21/06/00 Mr. D.A. Telivel 12/02/14
Hungary 01/05/04 Mr. Z. Czirak 11/01/11
Iceland 10/10/02 Mr. J. Guðmundsson 06/06/12
India 09/03/81 Mr. S.S. Garbyal  11/12/12
Ireland 02/01/85 Mr. J. Fitzgerald 15/05/07
Israel 07/06/06 Ms R. Oberman 30/06/14
Italy 06/02/98 Mr. R. Rigillo 06/05/14
Japan 21/04/51 Mr. J. Morishita 21/06/13
Kenya 02/12/81 Not notified  
Kiribati 28/12/04 Mrs. R. Nikuata-Rimon 07/06/06
Republic of Korea 29/12/78 Mr. W. Choi 18/06/14
Laos 22/05/07 Dr. B. Khambounheuang 01/10/07
Lithuania 25/11/08 Ms. L. Caplikaite 24/02/12
Luxembourg 10/06/05 Mr. C. Origer 10/06/05
Mali 17/08/04 Mr. S. Coulibaly 16/05/08
Republic of the Marshall Islands 01/06/06 Hon. M. Zackhras 19/06/10
Mauritania 23/12/03 Dr. A. M. Jiddou 16/05/11
Mexico 30/06/49 Dr. J. Maksabedian de la Roquette 12/12/13
Monaco 15/03/82 Prof. F. Briand 13/06/03
Mongolia 16/05/02 Mr. D. Batbold 22/11/12
Morocco 12/02/01 Ms. Z. Rochdi 02/06/14
Nauru 15/06/05 Hon. C. Buraman 04/09/14
Netherlands 14/06/77

Ms. M. J. Jenniskens

14/02/12
New Zealand 15/06/76 Mr. G. van Bohemen 10/11/10
Nicaragua 05/06/03 Mr. S. F. Müller 09/06/08
Norway 03/03/48 Mr. O. D. Stenseth 01/06/11
Oman 15/07/80 Dr. A. Al-Mazrouai 22/06/10
Republic of Palau 08/05/02 Mr. V. Uherbelau 19/02/09
Panama 12/06/01

Mr. M. Lopez Cornejo

31/07/14
Peru 18/06/79 Mr. L. R. Arribasplata Campos 14/05/13
Poland 17/04/09 Mrs. M. Lesz 14/05/09
Portugal 14/05/02 Prof. J. M. M. M. Palmeirim 25/01/06
Romania 09/04/08 Dr. S. Nicolaev 22/07/08
Russian Federation 10/11/48 Mr. V. Y. Ilyashenko 02/05/95
San Marino 16/04/02 Mr. D. Galassi 10/10/02
St Kitts and Nevis 24/06/92 Hon. N.A. Carty 15/02/13
St Lucia 29/06/81 Hon. J.
Compton-Antoine
23/01/12
St Vincent & The Grenadines 22/07/81 Senator E. Snagg 05/03/03
Senegal 15/07/82 Mr. C.J.P. Manel 09/09/14
Slovak Republic 22/03/05 Mrs. Z. Cudrakova 31/01/12
Slovenia 20/09/06 Mr. A. Bibič 20/01/10
Solomon Islands 10/05/93 Mr. S. Diake 15/03/04
South Africa 10/11/48 Mr. H. Oosthuizen 10/04/06
Spain 06/07/79 Mr. C. Moreno Blanco 13/09/12
Suriname 15/07/04 Mr. M. Wirjodirjo 01/06/11
Sweden 15/06/79 Ms. L.E. Svensson 13/02/13
Switzerland 29/05/80 Mr. B. Mainini 03/06/05
Tanzania 23/06/08 Mr Zahor El Kharousy 09/08/14
Togo 15/06/05 Dr. A. Domtani 03/11/09
Tuvalu 30/06/04 Mr. P. Nelesone 13/07/04
UK 10/11/48 Mr. N. Gooding 01/03/12
Uruguay 27/09/07 Ambassador J. Moreira 26/01/09
USA 10/11/48 Mr R.F. Smith III 09/09/14