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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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PIC COP-2 Elects Bureau, Completes Negotiations

On Friday delegates met throughout the day and adopted decisions prepared during the course of the meeting including the budget, compliance and a decision on financial mechanisms. Delegates also adopted the report of the meeting with a few amendments by parties clarifying their own interventions.

The COP also elected Bureau members for COP-3, representing the five UN regional groups. Above: Vice President Helga Schrott, Austria, for Western Europe and Others; Vice President Azhari Abdelbagi, Sudan, for Africa; Vice President and Rapporteur Marija Teriosina, Lithuania, for Eastern Europe; Chemicals Review Committee Chair Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland; Vice President Andrea Repetti, Argentina, for Latin America and the Caribbean; and President Yue Ruisheng, China, for Asia.

Finally, after two brief pauses to allow delegations and regions time to discuss issues related to the financial mechanism delegates adopted a decision on this issue. Brazil and the EU expressed frustrations on the lack of flexibility on financial matters. Representatives of regional groups congratulated President Roch wishing him good luck on his future endeavors, and thanked tthe Secretariat and the Italian government. President Roche closed the plenary at 6:10 pm.

COP-3 will be held in Geneva from 7-13 October 2006.


Friday, 30 September
Plenary

PIC COP-2 President Philippe Roch, flanked by Secretaries Niek van der Graaff, FAO, and John Whitelaw, UNEP.

Denis Langlois, Canada, reported on the outcome of the contact group on non-compliance.

Vielka Perez, Panama, requested that Central America be included in proposed UNITAR pilot projects.

Oluronke Soyombo, Nigeria, sought clarification regarding delivery of technical assistance at national and subregional levels.

Jill Hanna, EU, asked for clarification on a proposal by Brazil to establish a new voluntary fund for the Rotterdam Convention.

Myrsaliev Narynbek, Kyrgyzstan, opposed the consideration of chrysotile asbestos by the CRC, saying that previous notifications not accepted by the COP should not be reconsidered.

Constantine Sarantchuk, Russian Federation, said notifications for which there has been no consensus have lost their legal significance.

Hyacinth Chin-Sue, Jamaica, noted that the COP had never reached consensus on chrysotile asbestos, and that the notification had therefore never been rejected.

Bademba Sow, Guinea, expressed disappointment that negotiations on the financial mechanism had not led to a smaller number of options going forward.

Maria Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues, Brazil, said she was very disappointed that consensus could not be reached on the financial mechanism.
Contact Group on Budget

In the morning, the contact group on budget for the biennium 2005-2006 reviewed a draft decision prepared by the Secretariat. Minor amendments were made to paragraphs on the creation of a a special contingency reserve to provide the annual salary costs of the Secretariat posts currently covered by in-kind contributions should these contributions be discontinued.
Around COP-2

Delegates from Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Lord Bach of Lutterworth, Under-Secretary for Sustainable Farming and Food in the House of Lords, UK, conferred with Colin Church.

Klára Quasnitzová, Czech Republic, conferred with Marija Teriosina, Lithuania.

Cathleen Barnes, US, Sheila Logan, Secretariat, and Lisa Nardi, Australia, reviewed a document.

The Basel Convention table, which was left out of Tuesday's table photos.

A representative of the Aves order agreed with many delegates that the food at the FAO's 8th-floor cafeteria and rooftop terrace was excellent.

After pranking Jane Bulmer during an intervention earlier this week, Colin Church got his comeuppance on Friday morning.

Your Earth Negotiations Bulletin team: Peter Wood (writer, Canada), Soledad Aguilar (team leader, Argentina), Noelle Eckley Selin (writer, United States/Ireland), Alice Bisiaux (writer, France), Paula Barrios (writer, Colombia), Louise Burke (logistics coordinator, Scotland), and Dan Birchall (digital editor, United States/Hawaii). Photo by Anne O'Toole, Canada.

Related Links

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

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