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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, 8 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 tenth day on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. Delegates convened in the morning and afternoon in plenary to consider issues under Rotterdam Convention COP6.

In the morning, RC COP6 considered: the Chemical Review Committee; status of implementation; trade; and official communications.

During the afternoon, RC COP6 agreed to list octa-BDE commercial mixtures and penta-BDE in Annex III of the Convention. RC COP6 also took decisions on financial resources and technical assistance.

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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Rotterdam Convention COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland) chats with Alexandre Zenie, EU.
Morning Session
Emily Marquez, Pesticide Action Network, and Obed Baloyi, South Africa
Elizabet Paunovic, World Health Organization
Philip McMurray, EU, confers with Lars Juergensen and Virginia Poter, Canada.
Abdou Alimatou Douki, Niger, reads over the shoulder of a colleague.
Petronella Shofa, Zimbabwe
Tsutomu Mizutani, Japan

Contact Groups
Diogo Coelho, Brazil, intervenes in the synergies discussion of the Contact Group on Budget and Synergies.
Delegates in the Contact Group on Technical Assistance and Financial Resources continue discussion on a Co-Chairs' proposal for a draft decision on the outcome of the consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes.

Lunch Side Events
Naoko Ishii, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson, at the "GEF CEO and BRS Executive Secretary Forum." The side event was organized by GEF and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.
A speaker at a lunchtime side event titled "Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries?" The event, consisting of a documentary screening and a panel dialogue, was organized by the Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) and Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF).

Afternoon Session
Ronke Soyombo and Emmanuel Emasealu, Nigeria
Delegates from Argentina
Heng Nareth and Phet Pichhara, Cambodia
Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti and M. Amélie Taoufiq-Cailliau, Joint Secretariat
Alies Van Sauers and Vanessa Sabajo, Suriname
RC COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland), Kei Ohno Woodall, Joint Secretariat and David Ogden, Joint Secretariat

Evening Side Event
In the evening, Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, introduces a side event on "GEF Chemicals Video Launch - Mission: Planet De-tox." The event, which was organized by the GEF, was followed by a reception.
Delegates view the premiere of the GEF documentary film "Mission: Planet De-Tox" at the side event.

Around the Venue
Osmany Pereira Gonzalez, Joint Secretariat, makes a phone call in the corridors.
Delegates inside and outside the venue.
Discussions on the dais between RC COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland) and Christine Fuell, RC Secretariat.
The many levels of the meeting venue.

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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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