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Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (COP10)

17-21 October 2011 | Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Highlights for Monday, 17 October 2011
Basel COP10
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A view of San Felipe Castle.
On Monday, 17 October 2011, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal began.

COP10 began with a forum on COP10’s theme “Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Wastes.” Delegates were addressed by Bakary Kante, UNEP, on behalf of UNEP Executive Secretary Achim Steiner, and Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Presentations on the theme were then made by: Lijun Zhang, Vice Minister of Environment, China; Soledad Blanco, European Commission; Oladele Osibanjo, Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre, Nigeria; and Frank Pearl, Minister of Environment, Colombia.

In the late morning, delegates considered financial matters and established a contact group on budget co-chaired by Kerstin Stendahl (Finland) and Osvaldo Álvarez (Chile).

In the afternoon, delegates turned their attention to strategic issues, including: the new strategic framework; the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative (CLI); and BCRCs. It was agreed that two contact groups would meet on the strategic framework and on the CLI, but would use the same co-chairs.

During the evening participants attended a cultural reception hosted by the Government of Colombia.
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L-R: Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and Barry Reville, Australia, during the opening of the meeting.
Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Rachmat Nadi Witoelar Kartaadipoetra, Indonesia
Soledad Blanco, European Commission (EC)
Oladele Osibanjo, Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre, Nigeria
Barry Reville, Australia
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Frank Pearl, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
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Delegates during the forum on "Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Wastes."
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A slide from Lijun Zhang's presentation
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Lijun Zhang, Vice Minister of Environment, China

Plenary
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The dais during the plenary session.
Paula Caballero, COP10 President
Jimena Nieto, Colombia
Luis Espinosa, Ecuador
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Adel Shafei, Egypt
L-R: Julie Croteau and Timothy Gardiner, Canada
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan

Local dancers performed for delegates at the end of the meeting.
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Side Event on “Computadores para Educar”: Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the preservation of the environment: ICT as part of the solution
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Reception hosted by the Government of Colombia
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Jimena Neto (center) surrounded by the eager Colombian support team.

Around the venue
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Delegates during a break.
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The local media interviewing Frank Pearl, Minister of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Colombia.
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The ENB team meets with Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.
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*Briefing to the Permanent Missions, 14 September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
*Basel Convention Bulletin - September 2011 issue
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*Origins of the Convention

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia
IISD RS coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS archive of Basel Convention, and backgrounder
*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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