For each part of the the triple planetary crisis, the Montevideo Programme V will seek to help countries with legal responses to implement their obligations under relevant multilateral environment agreements.
Face-to-Face Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs)
The Basel Convention flexed its institutional muscle, while the Rotterdam Convention managed to add just two of the seven chemicals proposed to its prior informed consent procedure. The Stockholm Convention continued to list new chemicals, but it now faces the downstream consequences of that success: new chemicals bring added implementation challenges.
When delegates returned to Bonn after three years, the venue was the same, but so much else had changed: two parties are at war, greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, and climate impacts are increasing in severity. Loss and damage is now unavoidable—as are vulnerable countries’ calls for compensation.
Participants discussed the answers Indigenous Peoples can provide through their food systems, building on their traditional knowledge, unique territorial management practices, languages, culture, and spirituality.
The UN resolution deciding that everyone has a right to a clean and healthy environment was discussed as a game changer, with the potential to hold governments accountable for addressing pollution, climate change, and ecological destruction.
Despite encouraging recent progress, the financial sector has been “a bit slow” to fully embrace circular economy initiatives. Speakers shared ways to accelerate the change.
Experts in climate and climate finance discussed challenges that climate change presents to fragile countries and ways in which climate is a threat multiplier that elevates the need to address climate change.
Participants discussed the development of a roadmap on the reform of international institutions to support the transition to a global, nature positive and net zero economy.
Enhancing Synergies between the Rio Conventions at National and Global Levels to Deliver the Decade of Action
Synergies and collaboration between the UNFCCC, the CBD and the UNCCD are happening at the Secretariat level and need to be expanded at the country level.