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2021 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs)

26–30 July 2021 | Online

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

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2021 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs)
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Amidst the ongoing disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions will divide the scheduled meetings of their Conferences of the Parties (COPs) into two segments: a one-week online meeting in July 2021 and a two-week face-to-face meeting tentatively scheduled for June 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the  online segment, delegates will focus on prioritized agenda items necessary to ensure the continued operation of all three conventions. Parties will meet in joint plenary sessions on Monday, 26 July, and Friday, 30 July. During the intervening days, parties will meet in joint contact groups to work on the interim programme of work and budgets for each convention.

The COPs are expected to approve an interim budget for 2022, which will allow activities under each convention—including the operation of the Secretariat—to continue beyond December 2021, until the full budget for the biennium 2022-2023 can be considered at the face-to-face session in 2022. This work will take up  the bulk of the five-day meeting, with delegates planning to convene in a joint contact group all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to reach agreement on this crucial issue. In line with practice, this contact group is not expected to be open to observers.

Parties are also expected to elect members of the Compliance Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, following the establishment of this body in 2019, and extend the terms of office of members of the two science advisory bodies responsible for providing technical expertise to parties: the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention.

Sessions will take place from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm CET (UTC+2) each day.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) will  provide daily  web updates on these sessions and a summary and analysis following the closure of the meeting. The summary report will  be available on this site on Monday, 2 August 2021.

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