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Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

4-15 May 2015 | Geneva, Switzerland


Highlights for Friday, 8 May 2015

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The Science Fair continued for a second day with a variety of discussions and exhibitions

BRS | BC COP-12 | RC COP-7 | SC COP-7 The meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conferences of the Parties (COPs) met on Friday, 8 May 2015. In the morning, plenary heard reports on progress in the contact groups on: technical matters; technical assistance and financial resources; cooperation and coordination; listing of chemicals under the Stockholm Convention (SC); budget; and non-compliance under the Rotterdam Convention (RC). The Basel Convention (BC) COP reconvened to discuss issues related to implementation of the convention, including technical guidelines for electrical and electronic wastes (e-waste).

In the afternoon, SC COP8 reconvened to discuss draft decisions including on listing: polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) in Annexes A and C; hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in Annex A, with a decision for further work on listing HCBD in Annex C; and pentachlorophenol (PCP) in Annex A with a specific exemption for use in utility poles and crossarms.

A joint session of the three conventions met to discuss the draft report.

Throughout the day, the participants worked in several contact groups on: technical matters under the BC; technical assistance and financial resources; cooperation and coordination; budget; strategic matters under the BC; and non-compliance under the SC.

Several side events were held during the lunch break and in the evening, including on China’s actions toward a POPs-free future, implementation of the Bamako Convention and efforts to address e-waste management in developing and transition countries.

The Science Fair entered its second day and included a panel discussion on science for sustainable chemicals and waste management in the 21st Century.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis from the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COP), in HTML and PDF.


Morning Session


View of the dais during the morning session


Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Poland, Basel Convention COP12 President

Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden, Stockholm Convention COP7 President and Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, Rotterdam Convention COP7 President


Jane Stratford, UK, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Cooperation and Coordination

Björn Hansen, EU, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Listing of Chemicals under the Stockholm Convention

Magda Gosk, Poland, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Technical Matters


Reginald Hernaus, the Netherlands, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Programme of Work and Budget

Karel Blaha, Czech Republic, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Non-Compliance under the Rotterdam Convention (RC)

Gregor Filyk, Canada, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources



Sachiko Tsumahara, Japan

Lawrence Chidi Anukam, Nigeria


Fionna Cumming, New Zealand

Mustafa Terhzaz, Morocco


Silje Johannessen, Norway

Franklin Garrido, Panama


Contact Group on the Programme of Work and Budget


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Contact Group on Stockholm Convention Compliance


Scenes from the Science Fair


Panel discussion on science for sustainable chemicals and waste management in the 21st Century (L-R): Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, former Head of UNEP Chemicals Branch; Ambassador Fernando Lugris, Government of Uruguay and the Minamata Convention Negotiating Committee Chairman; Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts; Mark Davis, Senior Officer Pesticides Management, FAO; Lucy Gilliam, Toxicologist and Sailor from Exxpedition; and Moderator Isabelle Valentiny, UNEP Regional Office for Europe.




Afternoon Session


View of the dais in the afternoon session


R.N. Jindal, India

Ali Al-Dobhani, Yemen


Andrei Pilipchuk, Belarus

Enrique Moret Hernandez, Cuba

Valeria González Posse, Argentina


Around the Venue



Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Secretariat, shares a moment with Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, Rotterdam Convention COP7 President







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