Highlights and images of main proceedings for 29 April 2017

Switzerland

Summary

On Saturday morning, the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions convened in plenary to hear reports from the contact groups. Basel Convention (BC) COP13 convened for the rest of the day.

In the morning, delegates addressed issues including work done to improve legal clarity of the Convention, efforts to combat illegal traffic, and operation of the Open-Ended Working Group. In the afternoon, delegates considered work related to classification and hazard characterization of wastes, national reporting, environmentally sound dismantling of ships, and cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Contact groups met throughout the day, including on synergies and joint issues, technical assistance and financial resources, budget, BC strategic matters and BC technical matters.

Side events on mercury waste management and the PACE outcomes were held during the lunch break. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Swiss Federal Council, the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and The Executive Council of the City of Geneva.

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 morning plenary

Prakash Kowlesser, Mauritius, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters

Jane Stratford, UK, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues

Juan Ignacio Simonelli, Argentina, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance

Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez Pérez, Chile, Chair of the Budget Group

Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President

Andrew McNee, Australia, Co-Chair of the open-ended Contact Group to develop a way forward on enhancing effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Angela Patricia Rivera Galvis, Colombia

Sisuku Balla, Mali

Philip Weech, the Bahamas

Fredrick Mupoti Sikabongo, Namibia

Paul-Babidou Zarabingui, Central African Republic

Yaser Khalil Abu Shanab, Palestine

Fuatino Matatumua-Leota, Samoa

Sigurbjörg Sæmundsdóttir, Iceland

Contact Groups Throughout the Day

Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters

Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues

Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance

Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during the afternoon plenary

Keima Gardiner, Trinidad and Tobago

Joachim Wuttke, Germany, Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on National Reporting

Julie Croteau, Canada

Subol Bose Moni, Bangladesh

Vilma Morales Quillama, Peru

Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network (BAN)

Zaigham Abbas, Pakistan

Mehdi Chalabi, Morocco

A delegate raises his placard to speak

Side Events Throughout the Day

Side event titled 'Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) outcomes' hosted by members of PACE

Side event titled 'Mercury waste management – how can we apply environmentally sound technologies for current mercury waste management practices?' hosted by the International Environmental Technology Center (IETC)

Around the Venue

Delegates from China

Delegates from India

Delegates from Serbia

Delegates speak informally

A delegate reads the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) website

Coffee available around the venue