Highlights and images of main proceedings for 27 April 2017

Switzerland

Summary

The BRS Conference of the Parties (COPs) convened on Thursday first as joint COPs to hear updates from the contact groups. Stockholm Convention (SC) COP8 then met in plenary to discuss matters related to the implementation of the Convention, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and national implementation plans (NIPs). Also in the morning, a Friends of the President group on SC compliance, the Basel Convention (BC) technical matters contact group and the SC listing group met, the last quickly closing to observers.

In the afternoon, the Rotterdam Convention COP8 convened to discuss listing of chemicals, and the BC technical matters and synergies and joint issues contact groups met. The Budget Group, the technical assistance and financial resources, and SC listing contact groups met in the evening.

During the day a technology fair was opened. Side events were also held to showcase regional demonstrations of chemicals and wastes-related Conventions' synergies; new tools and approaches to monitoring persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging pollutants; and, setting up extended producer responsibility legislation in non-OECD countries for electric and electronic 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: Stockholm Convention

COP Presidents and the BRS Secretariat speak internally at the start of plenary

David Kapindula, Zambia, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Stockholm Convention Listing

Niko Urho, Finland, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources

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

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

Jacinthe Séguin, Canada, Co-Chair of the Contact Group on Basel Convention Technical Matters

Stella Uchenna Mojekwu, Nigeria

César Murillo Juárez, Mexico

Amer Alkareem Nasser, Iraq

Aleksandar Mickovski, Macedonia

Shankar Prasad, Nepal

Peter Ayuk Enoh, Cameroon

Do Tien Doan, Viet Nam

Gloria Beatriz León Araujo, Paraguay

Eliezer Ndizeye Rusakana, Rwanda

Andrea Cararo, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Opening of the Technology Fair

Three ribbons are cut to open the Technology Fair

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions

Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during the afternoon plenary

Andrew McNee, Australia

Bishwanath Sinha, India

Sobkika Tanka, Chad

Khidir Gibril Musa, Sudan

Alexandra Caterbow, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

Nazem Thalaj, Syria

A.Z. Matiza, Zimbabwe

Andrew Dettmer, IndustriALL 

Zhamalkan Kadoeva, Kyrgyzstan

Sarojeni Rengam, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia and the Pacific

Contact Groups Throughout the Day

Contact Group on Basel Convention Technical Matters

Contact Group on Synergies and Joint Issues

Around the Venue

Delegates gather at the start of plenary

Delegates speak informally

Delegates from Honduras

Delegates from Turkey

Delegates from Saudi Arabia

The youngest delegate attending the meeting

Around the Technology Fair