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24 April - 5 May 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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Delegates gather for the ninth day of the BRS COPs

On Wednesday morning, the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions convened jointly in plenary to hear reports from contact groups. Rotterdam Convention COP 8 convened in the morning and afternoon to consider issues related to rules of procedure for the COP, implementation, and listing of chemicals in Annex III to the Convention.

The BRS COPs reconvened jointly in the mid-afternoon to consider issues related to international cooperation and coordination.

Contact groups convened throughout the day, including on budget, technical assistance and financial resources, Stockholm Convention (SC) Compliance, and Rotterdam Convention (RC) effectiveness. A Friends of the President group on RC compliance also met in the morning.

Side events were held on: addressing highly hazardous pesticides in the Southern African Developing Countries (SADC); lessons and best practices integrating gender into implementation; the contribution of the BRS conventions to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and UN Development Program’s (UNDP) experiences on mainstreaming gender into the sound management of chemicals.

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Morning Plenary

View of the dais during morning plenary

Mohamed Abdellahi, Mauritania

Lupe Matoto, Tonga

Ardagul Alimkhanova, Kazakhstan

J.A. Sumith, Sri Lanka

Björn Hansen, EU

Carmen Ciganda, Uruguay

Charles Chishiri, Zimbabwe

Bishwanath Sinha, India

Roger Mpan, Republic of the Congo

Marhaini Binti Mat, Malaysia

Zhamalkan Kadoeva, Kyrgyzstan

Sychik Sergey Ivanovich, Belarus

Nazem Thalaj, Syria

Andrey Kholzakov, International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations "Chrysotile"

Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization (WHO)

Wiranta Ginting and Siti Kristina, Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA)

Contact Groups Throughout the Day

Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues

Delegates huddle during the Budget Group

Contact Group on Technical and Financial Resources

Contact Group on Stockholm Convention Compliance

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during afternoon plenary

Jean De Dieu N'zatsi Koumba, Gabon

Glenn Wigley, New Zealand

Tom Okia Okurut, Uganda

Atala Milord, Panama

Jeff Goodman, Canada

Carmen van Dÿk, Suriname

Samwel Manyele, Tanzania

Gorge Araya Gonzalez, Costa Rica

Caleb Christopher, Marshall Islands

Meriel Watts, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia-Pacific

Vavia Tangatataia, Cook Islands

Michael Ramsay, Jamaica

Side Events Throughout the Day

Side event titled 'Lessons and best practices integrating gender into implementation: Case studies from Nigeria and Indonesia and new data from the Environment and Gender Information platform' hosted by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and BaliFokus Foundation Indonesia

Side event titled 'Addressing highly hazardous pesticides in SADC: country cases and regional collaboration' hosted by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), co-organized with the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat

Around the Venue

Delegates between sessions

Delegates from Honduras

Delegates from Trinidad and Tobago

Delegates speak informally

Delegates of all ages write messages to "detoxify" the world

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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