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Fourth 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 (PIC COP-4)

27-31 October 2008 | Rome, Italy


 

Highlights for Monday, 27 October 2008


 

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convened on Monday at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Delegates heard opening statements by representatives of the FAO and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and addressed agenda items on: organizational matters; national and regional delivery of technical assistance; report on activities of the Secretariat; the programme of work and budget; non-compliance; and status of implementation. A contact group on implementation and ensuring the continued work of the Convention met in the evening.



Above photo: Bill Murray, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention; Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary  of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO);
Modibo Tiémoko Traoré, Assistant Director-General, FAO; PIC COP 4 President Andrea Repetti, Argentina; Bakary Kante, UNEP; and Donald Cooper, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP).

OPENING PLENARY:


 
 
Above photos: View of the opening plenary of PIC COP 4.
   


   
PIC COP 4 President Andrea Repetti (Argentina) welcomed delegates and stressed that the Convention enables countries to make informed decisions.
 
Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, speaking on behalf of Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, called for the COP to strongly signal that governments are ready to work together.
 
Modibo Tiémoko Traoré, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, speaking on behalf of Jacques Diouf, FAO’s Director-General, said increasing food production entails using more intensive agricultural methods and possibly more pesticides, making the Convention more relevant.

 
   
Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO), welcomed delegates to COP 4 and emphasized that information sharing is the key element of the Convention.
 
José Roberto Andino Salazar, El Salvador.
 
Odile Gauthier, France.

 
ISSUES ARISING OUT OF PREVIOUS COP MEETINGS: National and Regional delivery of techical assistance

Several countries discussed national and regional experiences, noting the importance of continuing and strengthening work on technical assistance.
 
       
Above photos L-R: Hamoud Darwish Salim Al-Hasani, Oman; Qinghua Xu, China; Gladys Maina, Kenya; Osvaldo Alvarez, Chile; and Maria E. Bondanza, Argentina.

 
   

Gerold Wyrwal, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, presented the information package to participants.
 
Alexander Mangwiro, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.
 
Masa Nagai, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.

 
BUDGET AND PROGRAMME OF WORK:

 
   
Donald Cooper, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP), introduced the proposed programme of work and budget, proposing a new triennial (instead of biennial) budget for 2009-11 with increased resources.
 
SWITZERLAND highlighted the importance of linking the programme of work with the budget and ensuring new staff positions are in line with the synergies package already accepted at the Basel Convention COP.

Above photo: Franz Perrez, Switzerland.
 
INDONESIA drew attention to the recommendations by the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group that have already been accepted by the Basel Convention.


Above photo: Mohammad Koba, Indonesia.

 
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION: Status of implementation

 
   
Yun Zhou, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, presented several reports on the status of implementation.
 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC opposed creating a new annex to the Convention.

Above photo: Elsa Ferreras, Dominican Republic.
 
JAPAN emphasized that the Convention drafters intended Annex III listing to be determined by consensus.

Above photo: Masayashi Mizuno, Japan.

 
ENB SNAPSHOTS:

 
RECEPTION HOSTED BY FRANCE ON BEHALF OF THE EUROPEAN UNION:

 
       
                 

 

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Related Links

Rotterdam Convention (PIC)
PIC COP-4 Documents
Annotated Agenda
Scenario Note
UNEP Chemicals
UNEP - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
International Organization for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
International Programme on Chemical Safety
UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme
Stockholm Convention (POPs)
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Basel Convention

Links to IISD RS Resources

IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-3, 9-13 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-2, 27-30 September 2005, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-1, 20-24 September 2004, Geneva, Switzerland 
IISD RS coverage of the OEWG-2 to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issues on Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the OELTWG of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management 
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MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
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