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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 Friday, 3 May 2013
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2013 COPs Sustainable SynergiesThe Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of the COPs to the Basel Convention (BC), Rotterdam Convention (RC) and Stockholm Convention (SC) convened for a sixth day on Friday, 3 May 2013. Delegates met throughout the day in plenary, considering issues remaining under SC COP6 and then moving onto issues under BC COP11.  

During the morning, SC COP6 adopted decisions on reporting, exemptions, effectiveness evaluation, implementation plans, and measures to reduce or eliminate releases from unintentional production.

Delegates then turned their attention to the BC COP11 agenda, focusing on technical guidelines and the Indonesian-Swiss Country-led Initiative to improve the effectiveness of the BC.

During the afternoon plenary session, participants discussed environmentally-sound dismantling of ships, and the operations and work programme of the BC Open-Ended Working Group.

Contact groups continued on Compliance and Legal Matters, Budget and Synergies, and Technical Assistance and Financial Resources, and new contact groups were convened on Strategic Matters and Technical Matters.

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David Ogden, Joint Secretariat, confers with Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions.
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Morning Session
Basel Convention COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland) talks with SC COP6 President Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile).
Basel Convention COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland)
Gregor Filyk, Canada
Ali Al Dubhani, Yemen
Philip McMurray, EU
Delegates from Guinea in discussion.
EU delegates confer discreetly with each other.

Contact Groups
Fredrick Sikabongo, Namibia, in the Contact Group on Compliance and Other Legal Matters.
Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica, intervenes in the Contact Group on Budget and Synergies.
A delegate from the EU intervenes in the Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources.
The Contact Group on Strategic Matters was co-chaired by Alberto Sontos Copra (Argentina) and Jiane Stratford (UK).

Side Events
Delegates attended a lunchtime side event on "Supporting the implementation of the Basel and Stockholm conventions: Update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centres." The event was organized by UNEP IETC, BCCC- Nigeria, BCRC/SCRC-Iran, BCRC-Argentina, BCRC-El Salvador and BCRC-Trinidad and Tobago.
At lunchtime, delegates attended a side event on "What you need to know about the draft framework for the ESM of wastes." The event was organized by Japan.

Afternoon Session
Dorota Lost-Sieminska, IMO
Magda Gosk and Andrzej Jagsiewicz (R), Poland
Zaigham Abbas, Pakistan
Ronke Soyombo, Nigeria
Atle Fretheim, Norway
Delegates from Panama in plenary.
Marie-Pierre Meganck, France, talks with a colleague.


Around the Venue
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) and CETESB. From L-R: Ivan Holoubek, Director, RECETOX; Katerina Sebkova, Director of the Regional Center within RECETOX; and Nelson Roberto Bulgaho, Vice-President, CETESB.
Observers from the US and the State of Palestine.
Rainy morning in Geneva, leaving puddles everywhere.
Reflections and a rooftop garden at the meeting venue.

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*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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