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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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
Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters
Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance
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