Highlights and images for 28 April 2017



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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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


Negotiating blocs
European Union
Non-state coalitions