Highlights and images of main proceedings for 3 May 2019

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Highlights for Friday, 3 May 2019

Mohammed Khashashneh, Stockholm Convention COP9 President, and Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Executive Secretary, BRS Secretariat, consult with the EU

BRS COPs Delegates to the 2019 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions worked through a packed agenda on Friday, as they resumed work under the Basel Convention, sought to conclude the work of the Stockholm Convention, and addressed some of the outstanding issues of joint concern to at least two of the three Conventions.In the morning, participants discussed work undertaken intersessionally by expert working groups, including on the development of guidelines for environmentally sound management and work on technical guidelines on: e-waste; incineration on land and specially engineered landfill; and waste lead-acid batteries. While this technical work was welcomed by delegates, some non-governmental organizations called for additional work to close loopholes and otherwise strengthen guidelines to promote best environmental practices.Stockholm Convention COP9 convened in the afternoon and took a series of decisions, including one that reduces the number of exemptions and acceptable purposes for continued production and use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF). Delegates also adopted a decision to list perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds in Annex A (elimination) of the Convention. Notably, COP9 agreed to a request for additional exemptions for continued production and use. Several delegates were disappointed by the agreement to allow these exemptions, which had not been recommended by the POPs Review Committee. One industry observer emphasized that the substances are being phased out in large parts of the world and are not necessary, and several civil society organizations highlighted the negative impact of PFOA on human health and the environment. More broadly, several worried that introduction of exemption requests at the COP undermines the science-based review process of the Convention.With those decisions, Stockholm Convention COP9 was suspended until Friday, 10 May, when it will reopen for adoption of a decision on the budget and programme of work, as well as other outstanding issues. Basel Convention COP14 will resume on Saturday.For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 2019 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. The summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF.

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Plenary: Basel Convention
Abraham Zivayi Matiza, Basel Convention COP14 President, convenes the plenary
Yang Zheng, China
Prasert Tapaneeyangkul, Thailand
Manoj Kumar Gangeya, India
Gregory Rippon, Australia
Marco Buletti, Switzerland
Mohamed Aman, Bahrain
Banu Gözet, Turkey
Toï Pagnibam Meba, Togo
Abel Arkenbout, Toxico Watch
Julie Croteau, Canada
Contact Groups
Contact Group on Programme of Work and Budget
Contact Group on Basel Convention Compliance
Contact Group on Basel Convention Strategic Matters
Plenary: Stockholm Convention
View of the dais during plenary
Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran
María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina
Christina Tolfsen, Norway
Mehari Wondmagegn Taye, Rapporteur
Delegates from the EU read the meeting report
Delegates from Canada and Switzerland consult
Delegates from Mongolia consult
Around the Venue
Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions
Delegates from China meet at the start of plenary
Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway; Stina Andersson, Sweden; and Trevor Gordon, South Africa
Meera Laurijssen, Consultant; Mario Yarto, BRS Secretariat; and Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez, Rotterdam Convention COP9 President
Delegates speak informally between sessions
Delegates from Nigeria
Delegates from Turkey
A delegate reads a back issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin to understand the historic context of the negotiations
Abderaman Mahamat Abderaman, Chad; Serge Molly Allo'o Allo'o, Gabon; David Kapindula, Zambia; Noluzuko 'Zukie' Gwayi, South Africa; and Gamini Manuweera, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Delegates listen to a presentation in the exhibition area

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union