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Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP11), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP6), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP6) and Second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2)

28 April - 10 May 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland

Coverage on Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)

2013 COPs Sustainable SynergiesThe Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of the COPs to the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions convened for a fourth day on Wednesday, 1 May 2013. Delegates met throughout the day in plenary to consider issues under SC COP6.

During the morning, SC COP6 addressed effectiveness evaluation and initiated discussions on DDT. They also discussed issues related to unintentionally produced Persistent Organic Pollutants (uPOPs), including the updating of the Standardized Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Dioxin and Furan Releases, and guidelines on Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP).

During the afternoon plenary session, participants discussed issues related to PCBs and other matters.

Contact groups on Compliance and Legal Matters, Budget and Synergies, Technical Assistance and Financial Resources, and Listing of Chemicals, and on New POPs met throughout the day.

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BC COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland), RC COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland), SC COP6 President Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile) and Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions Jim Willis cut the ribbon for the inauguration of the Regional Fair with the theme "Synergies through regional delivery." The fair aims, among other things, to enhance the relationship between the regional centres, donors and countries served by the centres.
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Morning Session
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Panel (L-R): Magdalena Balicka (Poland), Rotterdam Convention COP6 President; Franz Perrez (Switzerland), Basel Convention COP11 President; and Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile), Stockholm Convention COP6 President.

Contact Group on Listing of Chemicals, and on New POPs Co-Chair Bjorn Hansen (EU)
Drafting Group on Basel Convention Reporting Chair Sara Broomhall (Australia)
Contact Group on Compliance and Other Legal Matters Co-Chair Anne Daniel (Canada)
President Álvarez confers before plenary.
Austrian delegates share a lighter moment.
James Mulolo (Zambia), on behalf of the African Group
Karoline Wendy Ehrenclou, Norway
Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland
Sylvain Bintein (France) converses with Karoline Wendy Ehrenclou (Norway).
Meriel Watts (Pesticide Action Network) strategizes with Mariann Lloyd-Smith (IPEN).
Farran Redfern, Kiribati
Kyunghee Choi, Republic of Korea
Li Lei, China
Vi Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Imogen Ingram, Island Sustainability Alliance CIS Inc.

Morning Contact Groups
Participant in the Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources
Jill Hanna (European Commission) in the Contact Group on Synergies and Budget.
L-R: Contact Group on Listing of Chemicals, and on New POPs Co-Chairs Azhari Abdelbagi (Sudan) and Bjorn Hansen (EU).

Lunchtime Side Events
Delegates attended a lunchtime side event on "Challenges for POPs monitoring: How can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evaluation under the Stockholm Convention?" The event was organized by the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP).
At lunchtime, delegates attended a side event called "Where does Africa stand on the global e-waste issue?" The event was organized by BCCC-Nigeria, BCRC-Egypt, BCRC/SCRC-Senegal, BCRC/SCRC-South Africa and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Africa.

Afternoon Session
Olfat Hamdan, Lebanon
Samuel Anku, Ghana
Sani Mahazou, Niger
Dwi Astuti E.P., Indonesia
Tim Kasten, UNEP


Around the Venue
L-R: Allan Jones, William Carroll and Russell LaMotte, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
Preparing the ceremonial red ribbon before the Regional Fair opening.
Fancy internet consoles at the meeting venue.
Ann Orth (L) and Mark Trewhitt (R), Croplife International
Members of the Joint Secretariat documents team.
POPRC Chair Reiner Arndt (Germany).
A delegate cat naps on a couch at the venue.
Delegates chat at the BCRC-China booth.
A delegate from Kuwait hands out materials at her country's regional center booth.
Poppy Pleydell, unofficial representative of "Babies," attended the Toxic Metals in Children's Products side event.

Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions resources

*Meetings website

*Meetings documents

*Side Events

*Exhibitions

*Briefings

*Background to the organization of 2013 COPs and ExCOPs

*ExCOPs-1, 22-24 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Eighth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), 15-19 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Eighth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 8) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, 19-23 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-10, 17-21 October 2011, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-5, 20-24 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of POPRC-7, 10-14 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP-5, 25-29 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of POPRC-6, 11-15 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of ExCOPs-1, and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS Briefing Note of the POPRC-5, 12-16 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP4, 4-8 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-4, 27-31 October 2008, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-9, 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-8, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management

*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals and wastes news and policy developments

*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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