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2017 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

24 April - 5 May 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 24 April 2017

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View of plenary as the BRS COPs open in Geneva, Switzerland

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention (BC COP13), eighth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP8), and eighth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP8) began in Geneva, Switzerland.

Meeting jointly in plenary throughout the day, the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm (BRS) COPs first heard opening statements. Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment noted that the BRS Conventions cover the “worst chemicals,” and drew linkages between the work of these COPs and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Minamata Convention. Delegates then adopted the agendas and organization of work for each of the COPs, and discussed coordination and cooperation among the BRS Conventions. The COPs established a joint contact group on the review of synergies arrangements.

During lunch, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) hosted a side event discussing past and future programming for impact. The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) held an event titled: “Toxic toy or toxic waste? Recycling POPs into new products.” In the afternoon, the COPs discussed matters related to the implementation of the Conventions, including international cooperation and coordination, technical assistance and financial resources. The COPs then established a joint contact group on technical assistance and financial resources.

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The approximate size (350g) of waste incineration ash produced per person every three months


Opening Ceremony


A yodelling performance opens the meeting




Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the opening plenary


Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions


Marc Chardonnens, Director, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Bill Murray, Executive Secretary, Rotterdam Convention - Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)


Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment


Ana Berejiani, Georgia, speaking on behalf of Central and Eastern Europe

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group


Francis Kihumba, Kenya, speaking on behalf of the African Group

Francisco Fabian Saez, Argentina, speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC)

Reginald Hernaus, EU


Matt Cahill, Australia

Felix Wertli, Switzerland



Side Events Throughout the Day


Side event titled 'Looking Back, Looking Forward - Programming for Impact' hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Side event titled 'Toxic toy or toxic waste? Recycling POPs into new products' hosted by the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)


Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during the afternoon plenary


Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP8 President

Chizuru Aoki, GEF


Haendel Sebastián Rodríguez, Colombia

Manoj Kumar Gangeya, India

Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention



Jiří Hlaváček, UN Environment

Alfredo José Perez Gonzalez, Venezuela

Maryna Belavus, Belarus


Fagamou Sy Diop, Senegal

Obed Baloyi, South Africa, speaking on behalf of the African Group



Evening Reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland


Delegates attend the evening reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland


Felix Wertli, Switzerland

Bill Murray, Executive Secretary,  Rotterdam Convention - FAO

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions



Around the Venue


Delegates gather for the start of plenary


Delegates meet informally


Delegates from Libya

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions, and Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President


Delegates speak between sessions



A 'Toxic Toy Store' highlighting the range of childrens' toys that contain toxic substances




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and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
EU FOEN Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

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