Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
27 November - 1 December 2006 | Nairobi, Kenya
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Highlights for Friday, 1 December 2006

The eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal convened in plenary and the Committee of the Whole (COW) to discuss and agree on various draft decisions, including: draft elements for a proposed decision on BCRCCs; 2010 Strategic Plan for the Convention’s implementation; ship dismantling; and the toxic waste dumping in Abidjan. Plenary adopted, inter alia: the draft decision on the budget without amendments; and a declaration on e-waste.

23:05 (GMT+3) - COP8 delegates listen closing marks.

COP8 President gavelled the meeting to an end at 23:35.

Committee of the Whole
A bird's eye view of the COW
Anne M. O'Toole, Environment Canada, adopting decisions in plenary.
Dessalegne Mesfin, Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia
Yue Ruisheng, China, explained developing countries are still anxious about the availability of predictable funding for Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres.
COP8 President, Kivutha Kibwana, Kenya, asked delegates to adopt the Nairobi Declaration on e-waste.
David Brown, US, lamented the absence of emphasis on better cooperation amongst stakeholders in the decision on e-waste.
Roy Watkinson, UK, elaborated on the extensive negotiations in the informal consultation on ship dismantling.
Environmentally sound management of ship dismantling was agreed, with R.K. Vaish, India, protesting that a variation had been introduced in the text which varied from informal discussions and requested to submit an amendment. Cristian Maquieira, Chair of the COW, refused to reopen the decision for renegotiations.
Muhammed Ali, YPSA, NGO platform on shipbreaking, Bangladesh, drew attention to the negative impacts of ship recycling which had led to thousand dying from inhaling toxic substances.
Harry Liiv, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia
Julio Monreal, Chile
L-R: Nelson Sabogal, Secretariat of the Basel Convention; Cristian Maquieira, Chair of the COW; and Claudia Fénérol, Basel Secretariat
Johan Wide, Ministry of the Environment, Finland, consulting with Jill Hanna, EC.
COP8 President, Kivutha Kibwana, Kenya
Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Basel Convention Executive Secretary
Pierre Portas, Secretariat of the Basel Convention, said COP8 was his last COP.
Budget Contact Group

L-R: Jari Vaarnamo, Secretariat of the Basel Convention; Anne Daniel, Canada; Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Basel Convention Executive Secretary; and Donata Rugarabamu, Secretariat of the Basel Convention

Chair Anne Daniel, Canada
Side Event on Mobilizing Resources
Claudia Fénérol, Basel Secretariat, made a presentation on Resource Mobilization and Financing options for Basel Convention.
Jan Betlem, UNEP, made a presentation on Access to Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Around the Conference
L-R: Donata Rugarabamu, Secretariat of the Basel Convention; Paula Barrios, Report Writer; Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Basel Convention Executive Secretary; Nelson Sabogal, Secretariat of the Basel Convention; and Diego Noguera, IISD Reporting Services
L-R: Nelson Sabogal, Secretariat of the Basel Convention; Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Basel Convention Executive Secretary; and Cristian Maquieira, Chair of the COW
Web coverage:
Monday, 27 Nov - Tuesday, 28 Nov - Wednesday, 29 Nov - Thursday, 30 Nov - Friday, 1 Dec
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Links to IISD RS coverage

IISD RS coverage of the Fifth session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (OEWG5), 3-7 April 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-7) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 25-29 October 2004, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 9-14 December 2002, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 6-10 December 1999, Basel, Switzerland
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IISD RS "Linkages" archive of Basel Convention meetings
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