The BRS Conventions COPs continued Tuesday. Meeting jointly in the morning, the COPs discussed: enhancing cooperation and coordination among the BRS Conventions; compliance; scientific and technical matters; and other matters. Contact groups were established on BC compliance and legal matters, SC compliance, and scientific and technical matters.
During lunch, side events met to discuss work under the theme of “science to action” and the evolution of the science associated with understanding and identifying persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
In the afternoon, the COPs met jointly to discuss the programme of work and budget and admission of observers. The COPs adopted a decision on the date and venue of the next COPs to occur in 2019. Then, Stockholm Convention COP8 met in plenary, discussing the rules of procedure, the effectiveness evaluation, listing of decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in the Stockholm Convention.
The joint contact groups for technical assistance and financial resources, and synergies and joint issues met throughout the day. In the evening, contact groups on Stockholm Convention compliance and on scientific and technical matters.
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View of the dais during the morning plenary
Franz Perrez, Rotterdam Convention COP 8 President
Enrique Moret Hernandez, Cuba
Momodou Jama Suwareh, the Gambia
Shweta Narayan, IPEN
Mohammed Abdelsalam Abdelhamid Esshahed, Egypt
Delegates from Belarus
Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President
Ali Al-Dobhani, Yemen
Anne Daniel, Canada
Yocasta Valenzuela Arias, Dominican Republic
Yousef Dougha, Libya
Contact Groups Throughout the Day
Contact Group on technical assistance and financial resources
Contact Group on synergies and joint issues
View of the dais during the afternoon plenary
Sam Adu-Kumi, Stockholm Convention COP8 President
Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti, BRS Conventions Secretariat
Ardagul Alimkhanova, Kazakhstan
Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez Pérez, Chile
Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Thailand
Christina Tolfsen, Norway
Ertan Öztürk, Turkey
Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network (BAN)
Tai Pelli, International Indian Treaty Council
Joe DiGangi, IPEN
Side Events Throughout the Day
Panel speakers for the side event titled 'From science to action', hosted by Nigeria, STAP/GEF and the BRS Secretariat
Side event titled 'Evolution of the science associated with understanding and identifying PBTs & POPs' hosted by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Basel Convention Regional Center (BCRC) - Egypt Special Event
A special event is held to celebrate the success of the BCRC-Egypt programme highlighting the efforts made in 22 Arab states in North Africa and West Asia to implement the Basel Convention
Moustafa Kamel Ahmed, Egypt, presents gifts of appreciation to Mohammed Khashashneh, Basel Convention COP 13 President (left), and Tina Kajakoski, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland (right)
Around the Venue
Delegates watch proceedings from the gallery
Delegates speak informally
Members of the BRS Secretariat
Members of the African Group gather in the evening
The 'Geneva Bus' outside the venue showcases hazardous substances and provides information on how the Government of Switzerland has made efforts to reduce these substances
Hazardous materials on display