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Membership of the IWC is open to any country in the world that formally adheres to the 1946 Convention. Each member country is known as a Contracting Government and 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, first as Vice-chair for two years, and then as Chair.  The current Chair is Andrej Bibic of Slovenia and the Vice-chair is Amadou Telivel Diallo of the Republic of Guinea.  Due to the Covid pandemic and postponement of IWC meetings, both have served in these roles since 2018.

 
 

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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USA provides a Status of the Convention document which records the dates that Contracting Governments have adhered and withdrawn from the Convention. This may be obtained by contacting the IWC Secretariat.

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.

Individual contact information for Countries can be downloaded here.

Contracting Government Adherence Commissioner Appointment
Antigua & Barbuda 21/07/82 Ambassador D. Joseph 22/07/14
Argentina 18/05/60 Ambassador H.F. Martinsen 08/12/20
Australia 10/11/48 Dr. N. Gales 14/06/16
Austria 20/05/94 Dr. A. Nouak 09/08/96
Belgium 15/07/04 Ms S Langerock 16/06/15
Belize 17/06/03 Ms. B. Wade 17/05/06
Benin 26/04/02 Dr A.G. Djihinto 12/09/16
Brazil 04/01/74 Ambassador M. Farani 04/12/20
Bulgaria 10/08/09

Ms. Y. Velina

17/03/21
Cambodia 01/06/06 Prof. N. Thuok 14/09/09
Cameroon 14/06/05 Dr. G.I. Mimbang 21/10/19
Chile 06/07/79 Mr. J. Fernandez 28/06/13
People's Republic of China 24/09/80 Mr Liu Xinzhong, 10/03/21
Colombia 22/03/11 Sr E.Castro González, 07/05/21
Republic of the Congo 29/05/08 Mr. B.C. Atsango 17/08/14
Costa Rica 24/07/81 Ms. H. Rodriquez 03/07/18
Côte d'Ivoire 08/07/04

Mr. A. Konan

14/09/22
Republic of Croatia 10/01/07 Ms I Partl 28/11/19
Cyprus 26/02/07 Mr L Vasiliades 10/02/21
Czech Republic 26/01/05 Mr J. Mach 15/12/15
Denmark 23/05/50 Mr L. Thostrup 15/08/22
Dominica 18/06/92 Mr. L. Pascal 10/07/01
Dominican Republic 30/07/09 Mr A Estevez 12/11/18
Ecuador 10/05/07 Mr W. Schuldt 04/12/20
Eritrea 10/10/07 Mr. S. M. Ahmed 02/10/08
Estonia 07/01/09 Mr H. Zingel 19/02/15
Finland 23/02/83 Ms. P. Blankett 03/05/11
France 03/12/48

Mr. N.M. Alaoui

15/06/22
Gabon 08/05/02 Prof. L. White 14/09/14
The Gambia 17/05/05 Mr. O. Gibba 09/06/22
Germany 02/07/82 Mr. B. Soentgerath 09/06/20
Republic of Ghana 17/07/09 Professor F. Nunoo 07/10/21
Grenada 07/04/93 Mr. A. Dabreo 10/09/18
Guinea-Bissau 29/05/07 Mr. I. Barros  03/02/15
Republic of Guinea 21/06/00 Mr. D.A. Telivel 12/02/14
Hungary 01/05/04 Tbc  
Iceland 10/10/02 Dr. J. Stefánsson 01/04/22
India 09/03/81 Mr. S. Dasgupta 01/06/20
Ireland 02/01/85 Ms S. De Brúch 06/07/22
Israel 07/06/06 Ms R. Oberman 30/06/14
Italy 06/02/98 Mr. R. Rigillo 06/05/14
Kenya 02/12/81 Prof. M.J. Ntiba 23/09/16
Kiribati 28/12/04 Dr A Yeeting 15/01/19
Republic of Korea 29/12/78 Mr. H Kim 05/01/22
Laos 22/05/07 Dr. B. Khambounheuang 01/10/07

Liberia

10/08/18

Ms. E.M. Glassco

10/08/18

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. M.M. Keita
06/11/20
Republic of the Marshall Islands 01/06/06 Hon. J.M. Silk 16/09/22
Mauritania 23/12/03 Dr. A.M. Jiddou 16/05/11
Mexico 30/06/49 Dr A.M. Jaramillo Legorreta 01/09/22
Monaco 15/03/82 Prof. F. Briand 13/06/03
Mongolia 16/05/02 Mrs Sh. Tserendulam 12/05/22
Morocco 12/02/01 Mr A. Benmansour 13/04/22
Nauru 15/06/05 Hon. M. Dube 17/10/17
Netherlands 14/06/77

Mr. L.J. van der Heiden

22/03/17
New Zealand 15/06/76 Ms. J. Henderson 05/08/19
Nicaragua 05/06/03 Mr. E. Jackson Abella 30/09/16
Norway 03/03/48 Mr. O. D. Stenseth 01/06/11
Oman 15/07/80 Dr. A. Al-Marzouqi 20/11/18
Republic of Palau 08/05/02 Hon R. Rechebei 24/06/21
Panama 12/06/01

Dr L. Trejos-Lasso

04/03/21
Peru 18/06/79

Minister G.L.Collazos

06/08/21
Poland 17/04/09 Mrs. M. Lesz 14/05/09
Portugal 14/05/02 Mr. L.A. de Andrade Freitas 30/07/15
Romania 09/04/08 Dr. D. Cioaca 28/01/19
Russian Federation 10/11/48 Ms. I.B. Fominykh 02/11/15
San Marino 16/04/02 Mr. D. Galassi 10/10/02
Sao Tome & Principe 17/05/18 Ms. A.M. D'Almeida 25/10/19
St Kitts and Nevis 24/06/92 Mr. T.M.X. Williams 03/02/20
St Lucia 29/06/81 Mr. H. Walters 25/08/16
St Vincent & The Grenadines 22/07/81 Sen. E. Snagg 05/03/03
Senegal 15/07/82

Mr. D. Faye

06/07/20
Slovak Republic 22/03/05 Mr. B. Hrabkovsky 22/10/15
Slovenia 20/09/06 Mr. A. Bibič 20/01/10
Solomon Islands 10/05/93 Ms R. Masu 08/06/20
South Africa 10/11/48 Mr. H. Oosthuizen 10/04/06
Spain 06/07/79

Mr. F. Magdaleno Mas

26/06/21
Suriname 15/07/04 Mr R Ramkisor 11/07/16
Sweden 15/06/79 Mr. S. Danielsson 21/06/21
Switzerland 29/05/80 Mr. B. Mainini 03/06/05
Tanzania 23/06/08 Mr H.G. Mbilinyi 12/01/18
Togo 15/06/05 Dr. A. Domtani 03/11/09
Tuvalu 30/06/04

Dr T. Falefou

30/03/21
UK 10/11/48 Mr. J. Smith 26/04/21
Uruguay 27/09/07

Tbc

 
USA

10/11/48

Mr. R. Wulff (Acting)
09/09/14