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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 Friday, 21 October 2011
Basel COP10
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A view of Cartagena de Indias from Alto de la Popa.
On Friday, 21 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 convened for its final day.

During the morning, delegates heard addresses from UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Frank Pearl, on the theme of the meeting “Prevention, minimization and recovery of wastes.”

Turning their attention to the adoption of decisions, delegates adopted decisions on the new strategic framework and the country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention. The latter decision means an additional 17 ratifications of the 1995 Ban Amendment are required for the Amendment to enter into force. COP10 also adopted decisions on the budget, and on technical matters.

Delegates then elected bureau members for COP11. Franz Perrez (Switzerland) was elected as COP11 President, along with Yocasta Valenzuela (Dominican Republic), James Mulolo (Zambia), Abdul Mohsin Al-Mahmood (Bahrain), and Andrzej Jagusiewicz (Poland) as Vice-Presidents.

After adopting the report of the meeting, delegates made closing statements, focusing on the success of COP10. Many remarked on the “miracle of Cartagena,” which succeeded in breaking the 15 year old stalemate over the Ban Amendment.

President Caballero gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:59pm.
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The dais applauding at the end of the meeting.
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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
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Frank Pearl, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
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A bird’s eye view of the plenary
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Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland, gave COP10 President her hat.
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Franz Perrez, Switzerland
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Franz Perrez, Switzerland, being congratulated for his election as COP11 President.
Osvaldo Álvarez, Chile
Jimena Nieto, Colombia
Soledad Blanco, European Commission
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Practicing power
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The dais at the end of the meeting.

Around the venue
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Support staff
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L-R: Saifulrijal Azhari and Che Asmah Ibrahim, Malaysia
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L-R: Tsutomu Mizutani, Masahiko Okubo, and Shunichi Honda, Japan
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L-R: Dlamini Mboni, Swaziland, Ali Mohamed Ali Mahmoud and Dlamini Mboni, Sudan
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L-R: Nao Nomura and Akho Shibata, Kobe University, Japan
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Ibrahima Sow, Global Environment Facility (GEF), checking the IISD RS website
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Lulwa Nasser Ali, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

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L-R: Diego Noguera, ENB Digital Editor; Nelson Sabogal, Basel Secretariat; Ibrahim Shafii, Basel Secretariat; Liz Willetts, ENB Writer; Paula Barrios, ENB Writer; Asheline Appleton, ENB Writer; Jimena Nieto, Colombia; Stefan Renckens, ENB Writer; and Melanie Ashton, ENB Team Leader
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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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