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Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

24 April - 5 May 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 1 May 2017

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Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP 8 President, Franz Perrez, Rotterdam Convention COP 8 President, and Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President, share a moment

Plenary convened in a joint session of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention COPs on Monday morning to hear reports from contact groups. In the morning, Basel Convention (BC) COP 13 convened to consider issues related to the BC Partnership Programme. The Stockholm Convention (SC) COP 8 convened in the late morning to take several decisions, including on the listing of HCBD, decaBDE and SCCPs.

In the afternoon, BC COP 13 convened briefly to adopt two decisions, including on the Cartagena Declaration. This was followed by a short session of the SC COP 8, during which delegates adopted a decision on PCBs.

Contact groups met throughout the day to address: budget, BC compliance, BC technical matters, BC strategic matters, and Rotterdam Convention effectiveness. In addition, informal groups met on financial resources and on PCBs.

Side events were held during the lunch break and in the evening to address a range of topics, including: improving national reporting under the BC; the roadmap for activities under the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE); a synergetic approach to the BRS and Minamata Conventions; development of tools to counter illegal management and trade of waste; using the Bamako and Basel Conventions to stop the export to Africa of toxic substances and waste; and the e-trash transparency project.

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Delegates from Tanzania review a document as the second week of the BRS COPs commences


Morning Plenary


COP Presidents and the BRS Secretariat speak before the start of plenary


Yorg Aerts, Belgium, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters

Juan Ignacio Simonelli, Argentina, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance

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


Marco Buletti, Switzerland, Co-Chair of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE)

Jane Stratford, UK, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues

David Ogden, BRS Secretariat



Henry Williams, Liberia

Leila Devia, Argentina, Chair of ENFORCE


Yingxian Xia, China

Anil Kumar Rai, India

Motsamai Stanley Damane, Lesotho


Amina Beibitova, Kazakhstan

Satryo Bramono Brotodiningrat, Indonesia

Joe DiGangi, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)


Gabriela Nair Medina Amarante, Uruguay, Co-Chair of the Informal Group on Household Waste

Peter Ayuk Enoh, Cameroon



Contact Groups Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Basel Convention Technical Matters


Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance


Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters


Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during afternoon plenary


Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP 8 President

Kei Ohno, BRS Secretariat

Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President


Informal consultation takes place with the EU and Iran to finalise the negotiating text


Decisions specific to the Stockholm Convention are adopted


Side Events Throughout the Day


Panel speakers for the side event titled 'Synergetic approach to BRS and Minamata Conventions' hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland, BRS and Minamata Secretariats


Side event titled 'Roadmap for activities under the ENFORCE' hosted by members of ENFORCE and the Green Customs Initiative


Around the Venue


Delegates from Indonesia


Delegates from Norway

Delegates from Sao Tome and Principe


Delegates from Morocco

Delegates from Mongolia


Delegates from Turkey


Mark Trewhitt, CropLife International

Layla Hughes, Center for International Environmental Law


Delegates between sessions



Delegates exchange contact details



James Mulolo, Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC)-South Africa, shares a message of what needs to be 'detoxed' in the world



Swiss chocolates on display



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