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Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

4-15 May 2015 | Geneva, Switzerland


Highlights for Saturday, 9 May 2015

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"Connecting People, Science and Policy Makers" pins distributed at the Science Fair

BRS | BC COP-12 | RC COP-7 | SC COP-7 The meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conferences of the Parties (COPs) continued on Saturday, 9 May. In the morning, plenary heard report from contact groups on: Basel Convention (BC) strategic matters; BC technical matters; Stockholm Convention (SC) compliance; technical assistance and financial resources; coordination and cooperation; and budget. BC COP12 met in the morning to discuss the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss Country-Led Initiative, including the Ban Amendment and legal clarity. BC COP12 also discussed legal, compliance and governance matters.

During lunch, participants attended a side event on countering illegal trade of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). The Science Fair held an event on mainstreaming science in the sound management of chemicals and wastes.

In the afternoon, BC COP12 turned to scientific and technical matters, discussing amendments to the annexes of the convention, classification and hazard characterization of wastes and national reporting. On technical assistance, BC COP12 discussed the implementation of decision V/32 on the enlargement of the scope of the Trust Fund, and also the operations of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG). The contact groups on BC technical matters, and coordination and cooperation met in the afternoon.

At the reception that marked the end of the Science Fair, BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet emphasized that “this is not the conclusion of the science fair, but the beginning of the discussion of mainstreaming of science” in the BRS Conventions and beyond.

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


Morning Session


View of the dais during the morning session


Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden, Stockholm Convention COP7 President and Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, Rotterdam Convention COP7 President

Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Poland, Basel Convention COP12 President


Angela Rivera, Colombia, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Strategic Issues under the Basel Convention (BC)

Karel Blaha, Czech Republic, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Compliance under the Stockholm Convention (SC)

Magda Gosk, Poland, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Technical Matters


Luis Espinosa, Ecuador, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources

Vaitoti Tupa, Cook Islands, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Programme
of Work and Budget

Jane Stratford, UK, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Cooperation and Coordination


Luca Arnold, Switzerland

Bettina Lorz, speaking on behalf of the EU


Gloria Leon, Paraguay

Simon Parker, UK



Xia Yingxian, China

Francis Kihumba, Kenya

John Adegbite Adefemi, Nigeria


Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources


Contact Group on Cooperation and Coordination


Contact Group on Technical Matters


Afternoon Session


Alberto Santos Capra, Argentina

Nikolai Nefedyer, Russian Federation


Marzouki Abderrazak, Tunisia

Jorge Álvarez Álvarez, Cuba

Fabio Di Cera, Venezuela


Rafael da Soler, Brazil

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan


Reception for the close of the Science Fair



Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Secretariat signs booklets at the close of the Science Fair


Science Fair organising team from the BRS Conventions Secretariat


Delegates enjoy the reception for the close of the Science Fair


Around the Venue






Delegates visit different exhibitions on the last day of the Science Fair



Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, Rotterdam Convention COP7 President, sits with two children attending the Science Fair


The 'Science Empowering the Public' exhibit at the Science Fair


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