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Rotterdam Convention Second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
Rome, Italy | 27-30 September 2005
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Delegates Enjoy Rooftop Reception at PIC COP-2

On Thursday, delegates met in plenary during the morning and addressed issues raised by the CRC; cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and World Trade Organization (WTO); and technical assistance. In the afternoon delegates addressed Secretariat arrangements and the financial mechanism. A contact group on non-compliance met in the morning and afternoon, and a contact group on budget also met in the morning.

Above: delegates enjoyed food and drinks at an evening reception hosted by the Swiss delegation, on the 8th-floor rooftop terrace of the FAO headquarters.


Thursday, 29 September
Plenary

 

Dessalegne Mesfin, Ethiopia, urged consideration of wastes-related issues, and recommended close collaboration between the Basel and Rotterdam Convention Secretariats.

Afraa Nouh, Syria, supported a proposal by Switzerland to include a list of harmonized codes on the PIC web site and in the report of the meeting.

Masa Nagai, Secretariat, presented a document on the applicability of international trade.

Colin Church, UK for the EU, stressed the relevance of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building, and the roles of UNDP and the World Bank in the delivery of technical assistance.

Julian Foley, EC, pledged additional contributions to the special trust fund for technical assistance for 2005, and for 2006, subject to approval of the budget.

Anhait Aleksandrian, Armenia, thanked UNITAR for its support in several chemicals-related activities, and customs training for implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.

Elena Masoller, Uruguay, supported China's call for technical assistance at the national level.

Alena Kupchyna, Belarus, thanked UNITAR and Switzerland for their support in identifying structural shortcomings for achieving safe chemicals management.

Fausto Roncal Vergara, Peru, suggested the establishment and consolidation of a network to promote cooperation and exchanges among countries.

Khalid Chaudhary, Pakistan, noted that it had recently ratified the Rotterdam Convention, and expressed support for the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management processes.

Catherine Ganzleben, UNITAR, announced additional pilot projects, to be carried out thanks to Switzerland's support.

Sachiko Kuwabara Yamamoto, Basel Convention Secretariat, stressed the role of Basel Convention Regional Centres in implementing the Rotterdam Convention, and called for predictable financial resources to support them.

Carolyn Vickers, WHO, noted its role in delivering health-related technical assistance.

Maria Nolan, Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol, highlighted its possible role in training customs agents and harmonizing custom codes.

Farah Bouqartacha, Morocco, highlighted the role of regional centers to be created under the Stockholm Convention.

Paulina Shiyelekeni, Namibia, called for assistance on pesticides management.

Pablo Ayala Franco, Paraguay, agreed that technical assistance at the national level was important, and supported China's proposed amendment to the decision.

Luis Bombin, Secretariat legal counsel, clarified that the Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and UNEP may be amended or terminated as agreed between the Director-General of FAO and the Executive Director of UNEP, subject to approval by the COP.

Harriet Nduma, Kenya, suggested the chemicals and waste cluster be emphasized at UNEP's Regional Office for Africa.

Julia Gourley, US, raised concerns about funding for the study on cooperation between the chemicals convention secretariats.

Nik Kiddle, New Zealand, introduced its proposal calling for an additional report on financial and administrative arrangements that would be needed to implement any changes, identifying any financial savings.
Contact Groups

Negotiations in the budget contact group focused on the professional personnel budget line of the core Secretariat costs, in particular the three staff posts contributed in kind by the FAO.

The contact group on non-compliance, chaired by Denis Langlois, met throughout the day in pursuit of resolution on key issues, but talks were delayed by the need to consult capitals.
Around COP-2

Delegates checked their e-mail and surfed the web.

Two of the messengers who keep track of everyone and everything at the conference.

UK delegates Stratos Ttofis and Ahmed Khayyam took a much-needed break from dashing around.

Denis Langlois, Canada, Viveka Bohn, Sweden, and Klaus Berend, EC, enjoyed the reception.

Related Links

Rotterdam Convention web site
PIC COP-2 Documents
UNEP Chemicals Unit

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