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Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure
for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in
International Trade (PIC COP-4)

27-31 October 2008 | Rome, Italy


Highlights for Tuesday, 28 October 2008


The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade continued its work on Tuesday, with delegates meeting in plenary and contact groups. In the morning delegates furthered discussions on implementation of the Convention and cooperation between the Rotterdam, Basel and Stockholm Conventions. In the afternoon they dealt with new chemicals for inclusion in Annex III of the Convention. Contact groups on compliance, budget and implementation met throughout the day.

Above photo L-R: Osvaldo Alvarez, Chile; Franz Perrez and Paul Garnier, Switzerland, checking if their interventions were reflected in the ENB.




Above photos L-R: Participants getting a copy of the daily Bulletin; ENB writers Anne Roemer-Mahler and Olivia Pasini handing out the daily Bulletin before the start of plenary.


Delegates considered possible procedures to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Convention.


Above photo L-R: Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO); Bill Murray, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention; Andrea Repetti, PIC COP 4 President; and Donald Cooper, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP).
Tamara Soto, Venezuela
Daniel Fantozzi, United States
Boris A. Kurlyandskiy, Russian Federation


M. Khashashneh, Jordan
Gladys Maina, Kenya
Yuri Kundiev, Ukraine


The three co-chairs of the 45 member Ad-Hoc Joint Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (AHJWG), reported on the group's work.
Above photo L-R: Osvaldo Alvarez, Chile; Kerstin Stendahl, Finland; and Ruisheng Yue, China.


R.H. Khwaja, India
Saulo Arantes Ceolin, Brazil
Pornpimon Chareonsong, Thailand


Delegates addressed the inclusion of new chemicals in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention. They agreed to include tributyltin compounds but could not reach agreement on chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan.

Above photos L-R: Rocio Alatorre, Mexico; Nayef Al-Tayyar, Kuwait; Adama Cham, the Gambia; Hubert Binga, Gabon.



The compliance contact group, chaired by Denis Langlois, Canada, met early in the morning and addressed outstanding issues on the draft mechanism for non-compliance.



View of the morning session of the compliance contact group.


The budget contact group, chaired by Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, and Paul Garnier, Switzerland, started the consideration of the proposed triennium budget 2009-2011, with a presentation by the Secretariat.

View of the budget contact group in session.   Budget contact group Co-Chairs Paul Garnier, Switzerland, and Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, with Donald Cooper, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP).


The contact group on implementation and effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention, co-chaired by Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic, and Siti Ibrahim, Malaysia, discussed several proposals on how to address chemicals that meet the Convention’s criteria but for which consensus on their listing in Annex III cannot be achieved.


Above photo L-R: Maria Cristina Cárdenas, Rotterdam Convention Secretariat; Yun Zhou, Rotterdam Convention Secretariat; Co-Chair Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic; Co-Chair Siti Ibrahim, Malaysia; and Masa Nagai, Rotterdam Convention Secretariat.


Above photos: Members of the Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) demonstrated at the FAO rooftop to raise awareness on the banning of chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan. Photos courtesy of ROCA.



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Related Links

Rotterdam Convention (PIC)
PIC COP-4 Documents
Annotated Agenda
Scenario Note
UNEP Chemicals
UNEP - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
International Organization for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
International Programme on Chemical Safety
UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme
Stockholm Convention (POPs)
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Basel Convention

Links to IISD RS Resources

IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-3, 9-13 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-2, 27-30 September 2005, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-1, 20-24 September 2004, Geneva, Switzerland 
IISD RS coverage of the OEWG-2 to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issues on Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the OELTWG of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management 
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