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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 Wednesday, 29 October 2008


 

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade continued its work on Wednesday, with delegates meeting in plenary and contact groups. In the morning, delegates furthered discussions on a programme for the national and regional delivery of technical assistance, and heard reports on the work of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and cooperation with the World Trade Organization. In the afternoon they discussed a proposal for an independent study on implementation costs; progress in the Convention’s implementation; and confirmation of appointments of CRC members. Contact groups on compliance, budget and implementation met throughout the day.

Above photo: View of the PIC COP 4 plenary.

PLENARY:


 

 
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL DELIVERY OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE:

On Wednesday morning, delegates addressed a programme for the national and regional delivery of technical assistance for 2009-2010.

 
   
Odile Gauthier, France, speaking on behalf of the EU.
 
Khidir Gibril Musa, Sudan.
 
Mario Ábo Balanza, Cuba.

 
REPORTS:

Reports were presented on credentials, the work of the CRC, the work of the contact groups and cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO).


 

 

Hamoud Darwish Salim Al-Hasani, Oman, reported on the status of credentials.
 
Karmen Kranjc, Slovenia, Chair of the CRC’s fifth meeting, presented, and the COP took note of, the report of the CRC’s third and fourth meetings.

 
   
The three contact group Chairs reported on progress on Budget, Implementation and Compliance. 
Above photo L-R: Paul Garnier, contact group Co-Chair on Budget;
Kateřina Šebková, contact group Co-Chair on Implementation; Denis Langlois, contact group Chair on Compliance.

 

 

 

 

Maria E. Bondanza, Argentina.
     
Marie Isabelle Pellan, WTO.

 
REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DECISION RC-3/5 ON FINANCIAL MECHANISMS:

 
   
Chinese delegation in consultation.   Osvaldo Alvarez, Chile.   Anne Beate Tangen, Norway.

 
   
Above photos: Artworks around FAO.
       
CONTACT GROUPS:

 
COMPLIANCE:

 

 

Denis Langlois, Chair of the contact group on Compliance with Masa Nagai, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.
 
Contact group session on compliance.

 
BUDGET:

 
 
Delegates from the budget contact group.
 
L-R: Jill Hannah, European Community, in discussions with O.A. Soyombo, Nigeria; Elise Marie Haber, South Africa; and Co-Chair Anaedu.

 
IMPLEMENTATION:

 

Above photo L-R: Maria Cristina Cárdenas, Rotterdam Convention Secretariat; and Implementation contact group Co-Chairs Kateřina Šebková, Czech Republic, and Siti Ibrahim, Malaysia.

 
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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
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