On Wednesday morning, the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions convened jointly in plenary to hear reports from contact groups. Rotterdam Convention COP 8 convened in the morning and afternoon to consider issues related to rules of procedure for the COP, implementation, and listing of chemicals in Annex III to the Convention.
The BRS COPs reconvened jointly in the mid-afternoon to consider issues related to international cooperation and coordination.
Contact groups convened throughout the day, including on budget, technical assistance and financial resources, Stockholm Convention (SC) Compliance, and Rotterdam Convention (RC) effectiveness. A Friends of the President group on RC compliance also met in the morning.
Side events were held on: addressing highly hazardous pesticides in the Southern African Developing Countries (SADC); lessons and best practices integrating gender into implementation; the contribution of the BRS conventions to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and UN Development Program’s (UNDP) experiences on mainstreaming gender into the sound management of chemicals.
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 morning plenary
Mohamed Abdellahi, Mauritania
Lupe Matoto, Tonga
Ardagul Alimkhanova, Kazakhstan
J.A. Sumith, Sri Lanka
Björn Hansen, EU
Carmen Ciganda, Uruguay
Charles Chishiri, Zimbabwe
Bishwanath Sinha, India
Roger Mpan, Republic of the Congo
Marhaini Binti Mat, Malaysia
Zhamalkan Kadoeva, Kyrgyzstan
Sychik Sergey Ivanovich, Belarus
Nazem Thalaj, Syria
Andrey Kholzakov, International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations "Chrysotile"
Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization (WHO)
Wiranta Ginting and Siti Kristina, Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA)
Contact Groups Throughout the Day
Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues
Delegates huddle during the Budget Group
Contact Group on Technical and Financial Resources
Contact Group on Stockholm Convention Compliance
View of the dais during afternoon plenary
Jean De Dieu N'zatsi Koumba, Gabon
Glenn Wigley, New Zealand
Tom Okia Okurut, Uganda
Atala Milord, Panama
Jeff Goodman, Canada
Carmen van Dÿk, Suriname
Samwel Manyele, Tanzania
Gorge Araya Gonzalez, Costa Rica
Caleb Christopher, Marshall Islands
Meriel Watts, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia-Pacific
Vavia Tangatataia, Cook Islands
Michael Ramsay, Jamaica
Side Events Throughout the Day
Side event titled 'Lessons and best practices integrating gender into implementation: Case studies from Nigeria and Indonesia and new data from the Environment and Gender Information platform' hosted by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and BaliFokus Foundation Indonesia
Side event titled 'Addressing highly hazardous pesticides in SADC: country cases and regional collaboration' hosted by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), co-organized with the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat
Around the Venue
Delegates between sessions
Delegates from Honduras
Delegates from Trinidad and Tobago
Delegates speak informally
Delegates of all ages write messages to "detoxify" the world