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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 Tuesday, 7 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 ninth day on Tuesday, 7 May 2013. Delegates convened in the morning and afternoon in plenary to consider issues under Rotterdam Convention COP6, and reconvened in the late afternoon to address outstanding issues under Basel Convention COP11.

In the morning, RC COP6 considered: organizational matters, including organization of work and credentials; Rules of Procedure; and the programme of work and budget. Delegates also began consideration of chemicals for inclusion in Annex III to the Convention. The COP postponed the election of officers.

In the afternoon, RC COP6 resumed discussion on consideration of chemicals for inclusion in Annex III, and BC COP11 convened for a brief plenary session to “virtually” adopt decisions on: follow-up to the CLI; technical guidelines for ESM of POPs wastes; continuing work on technical guidelines for e-waste; amendments to the Annexes of the BC; the OEWG; and admission of observers.

Contact groups also met throughout the day, on Budget and Synergies, Technical Assistance and Financial Resources and Listing of Chemicals. An informal group on the draft Ministerial Declaration also met.

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Bird's eye view of plenary.
Morning Session
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Panel (L-R): Christine Fuell, RC Secretariat; Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions; Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions; Magdalena Balicka (Poland), Rotterdam Convention COP6 President; and Kei Ohno Woodall, Joint Secretariat.
Gulshira Atemova, Kazakhstan
Michael Ramsay, Jamaica
Miriam Serrut, Belize
Christine Fuell, RC Secretariat, and Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions
David Ogden, Joint Secretariat; Franz Perrez (Switzerland), Basel Convention COP11 President; and Magdalena Balicka (Poland), Rotterdam Convention COP6 President

Contact Groups
Frank Moser, Joint Secretariat, with Co-Chair Reginald Hernaus (the Netherlands) in the Contact group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources.
A delegate for the EU intervenes in the Contact Group on Budget and Synergies.


Afternoon Session
Delegates from India conferring before plenary.
Eng Tiang Sing, Pierre Ng and Mary-Anne Pan, Singapore
Peter Dawson, New Zealand
Paul-Babidou Zarabingui, Central African Republic
Delegates from Canada receive a round of applause after announcing that Canada would not block a consensus on listing chrysotile asbestos.
Marina Shevyreva, Russian Federation
Russell LaMotte, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
Thiago Gil Barreto Barros, Brazil, confers with colleagues.


Around the Venue
A demonstration in front of the UN by groups representing asbestos victims.
A demonstrator urges for the listing of chrystostile asbestos in the Rotterdam Convention.
At lunchtime, delegates attended a side event titled, "Catalyzing global action on highly hazardous pesticides." The event was organized by the Berne Declaration, FAO, Pesticide Action Network and SAICM.
Delegates relaxing between sessions.

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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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