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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 Saturday, 4 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 seventh day on Saturday, 4 May 2013. Delegates met throughout the day in plenary, considering issues under BC COP11.  

During the morning, BC COP11 addressed issues related to international cooperation, coordination and partnerships, including the BC Partnership Programme and cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

During the afternoon plenary, delegates discussed capacity-building, follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss Country-Led Initiative and BC Regional and Coordinating Centres, and agreed to a framework for the environmentally-sound management of hazardous wastes.

Contact groups on Compliance and Legal Matters, Budget and Synergies, Technical Assistance and Financial Resources, Strategic Matters and Technical Matters met throughout the day.

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Franz Perrez (Switzerland), Basel Convention COP11 President; David Ogden, Joint Secretariat; and Kei Ohno Woodall, Joint Secretariat.
Morning Session
Viera Spalkova and Dana Lapesova, Slovakia
Basel Convention COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland) confers with SC COP6 President Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile).
Jimena Nieto, Colombia
Oladele Osibanjo, BCCC-Nigeria
Aita Sarr Seck, Senegal
Tatjana Markov-Milinkovic, Suzana Andrejevic Stefanovic and Penka Nikolovski, Serbia
Fatiha Benddine, Karim Baba and Amina Boulfiz Epouse Meddah, Algeria

Contact Groups
Discussions in the Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources.
The Contact Group on Strategic Matters.
Contact Group on Technical Matters co-chaired by Michael Ernst (Germany) and Che Asmah Ibrahim (Malaysia).
A delegate from Mexico considers information on the budget in the Contact Group on Budget and Synergies.

Side Events
At lunchtime, delegates attended a SAICM side event titled, "Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management." Leonor Alvarez, SAICM, among others, addressed the audience.
Panel discussion at the SAICM side event.
Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions Jim Willis presented certificates to students from the International School of Geneva at a lunchtime side event. The event, "PACE – progress and upcoming tasks," took place at lunchtime and was organized by the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE).
Joachim Meyer, Zambezi Environmental Education Center, speaking at the PACE side event.

Afternoon Session
Claudia Vasquez, Colombia
Phonethip Phetsomphou, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Enrique Moret Hernández, Cuba
Hubert Binga, Gabon
Luis Espinosa-Salas, Ecuador
BC COP President Perrez congratulates Mohammed Khashashneh (Jordan), Co-Chair of the Technical Expert Group for ESM, for his efforts facilitating the finalization of the Environmentally-Sound Management Framework.
Tsutomu Mizutani, on behalf of Kazuhiko Takemoto (Japan), Co-Chair of the Technical Expert Group for ESM, receives hearty congratulations of BC COP President Perrez for his hard work finalizing the Environmentally-Sound Management Framework.


Around the Venue
Delegates' umbrellas parked at the venue exit.
Moza Al-Jahwari, Majid Al-Kakhiri and Saleh Al-Shoukri, Oman
A delegate from France chatting with a member of the SAICM Secretariat.
The hardworking chefs at the venue take a break.

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Related Links
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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