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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 Friday, 28 April 2017

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Members of NGO groups call on delegates to protect the future

The Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions convened on Friday morning to hear reports from the contact groups. Rotterdam Convention COP 8 convened briefly in the morning to discuss the listing chemicals in Annex III. The Basel Convention then convened to address technical guidelines (excluding POPs waste), the strategic framework, the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, and the Cartagena Declaration.

In the afternoon, Stockholm Convention COP 8 met to hear an update from the Friends of the President group on compliance, adopt the report of the meeting and decisions on: PFOS, its salts and PFOSF; national implementation plans; and operation of the POPs Review Committee. The BRS COPs then met jointly to adopt a decision on gender mainstreaming and the section of the reports on the joint sessions of the meetings of the COPs.

Contact groups on budget, Stockholm Convention listing, and enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention met in the morning, and Basel Convention strategic matters and compliance in the afternoon.

Five side events were held on Friday, including on: household waste and the Basel Convention; a launch of the ISO guidance principles for sustainable management of secondary metals; a screening of the film “Trashed;” and the launch of the toolkit for environmentally sound management of waste.

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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Delegates from Guatemala discuss a document


Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Franz Perrez, Rotterdam Convention COP 8 President

Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President


Maureen Njeri, Kenya

Azizan bin Ahmad, Malaysia

Yadira de los Angeles Pilco Pavón, Ecuador



Tatiana Ţugui, Moldova

Gordana Petkovic, Serbia


Francisco Fabian Saez, Argentina

Shuji Tamura, Japan

Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Thailand


Andrea Jones Bennett, Jamaica

Andreas Jaron, Germany, reporting back on the work of the Basel Convention Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management


Delegates during plenary


Contact Groups Throughout the Day


Contact Group on Stockholm Convention Listing


Budget Group


Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters


Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance


Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during the afternoon plenary


Humphrey Mwale, Zambia, Co-Chair of the Friends of the President Group on Stockholm Convention Compliance

Tamara Kukharchyk, Belarus


Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP 8 President

Mohammed Ammar Amin, Saudi Arabia

Kei Ohno, BRS Secretariat


Bangaly Dioumessy, Guinea

Pavel Shirokov, Russian Federation

Björn Hansen, EU



Side Events Throughout the Day


Side event titled 'Household wastes – new partnership under the Basel Convention' hosted by members of the informal group on household wastes


Panel speakers for the side event titled 'Launch of the ISO guidance principles for the sustainable management of secondary metals' hosted by the World Resources Forum


Around the Venue


Family photo of delegates who were present for Stockholm Convention COP 1 or the preceding negotiation sessions


Delegates speak informally



Fagamou Sy Diop, Senegal


Franz Perrez, Rotterdam Convention COP 8 President, speaks with a delegate

Andreas Jaron, Germany, speaks with Adel Shafei Mohamed Osman, Egypt


Delegates between sessions



Around the Technology Fair, delegates write messages for what needs to be 'detoxified'


Members of different NGOs raise awareness about the impact of toxic substances on children


Delegates play a game to test how well they know the warning symbols for dangerous substances




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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