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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 Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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Delegates from Ecuador review the documents for discussion

The BRS Conventions COPs continued Tuesday. Meeting jointly in the morning, the COPs discussed: enhancing cooperation and coordination among the BRS Conventions; compliance; scientific and technical matters; and other matters. Contact groups were established on BC compliance and legal matters, SC compliance, and scientific and technical matters.

During lunch, side events met to discuss work under the theme of “science to action” and the evolution of the science associated with understanding and identifying persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

In the afternoon, the COPs met jointly to discuss the programme of work and budget and admission of observers. The COPs adopted a decision on the date and venue of the next COPs to occur in 2019. Then, Stockholm Convention COP8 met in plenary, discussing the rules of procedure, the effectiveness evaluation, listing of decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in the Stockholm Convention.

The joint contact groups for technical assistance and financial resources, and synergies and joint issues met throughout the day. In the evening, contact groups on Stockholm Convention compliance and on scientific and technical matters.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided digital coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 2017 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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A hazmat suit on display reminds delegates of the severity of toxic chemicals

Morning Plenary

View of the dais during the morning plenary

Franz Perrez, Rotterdam Convention COP 8 President

Enrique Moret Hernandez, Cuba

Momodou Jama Suwareh, the Gambia

Shweta Narayan, IPEN

Mohammed Abdelsalam Abdelhamid Esshahed, Egypt

Delegates from Belarus

Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President

Ali Al-Dobhani, Yemen

Anne Daniel, Canada

Yocasta Valenzuela Arias, Dominican Republic

Yousef Dougha, Libya

Contact Groups Throughout the Day

Contact Group on technical assistance and financial resources

Contact Group on synergies and joint issues

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during the afternoon plenary

Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP8 President

Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti, BRS Conventions Secretariat

Ardagul Alimkhanova, Kazakhstan

Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez Pérez, Chile

Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Thailand

Christina Tolfsen, Norway

Ertan Öztürk, Turkey

Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network (BAN)

Tai Pelli, International Indian Treaty Council

Joe DiGangi, IPEN

Side Events Throughout the Day

Panel speakers for the side event titled 'From science to action', hosted by Nigeria, STAP/GEF and the BRS Secretariat

Side event titled 'Evolution of the science associated with understanding and identifying PBTs & POPs' hosted by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Basel Convention Regional Center (BCRC) - Egypt Special Event

A special event is held to celebrate the success of the BCRC-Egypt programme highlighting the efforts made in 22 Arab states in North Africa and West Asia to implement the Basel Convention

Moustafa Kamel Ahmed, Egypt, presents gifts of appreciation to Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President (left), and Tina Kajakoski, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland (right)

Around the Venue

Delegates watch proceedings from the gallery

Delegates speak informally

Members of the BRS Secretariat

Members of the African Group gather in the evening

The 'Geneva Bus' outside the venue showcases hazardous substances and provides information on how the Government of Switzerland has made efforts to reduce these substances

Hazardous materials on display

Specific funding for coverage of the 2017 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, has been provided by the European Union (EU), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN),
and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
EU FOEN Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

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