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Fifth 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 COP5)

20-24 June 2011 | Geneva, Switzerland

Rotterdam Convention
Highlights for Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Rotterdam Convention convened for its second day in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, 21 June 2011.

During the morning plenary, delegates considered chemicals for inclusion in Annex III to the Convention and took decisions to list alachlor and aldicarb. The decision to list endosulfan in Annex III was deferred pending the outcome of discussions related to technical assistance.

Delegates also considered the listing of chrysotile asbestos, and agreed to postpone discussion on this issue until after consideration of possible approaches to dealing with chemicals recommended for listing in Annex III by the CRC but on which the COP is unable to reach consensus. In the afternoon, delegates considered the latter issue and subsequently agreed to establish a contact group tasked with attempting to reach consensus on chrysotile asbestos, and in the event that agreement cannot be reached, discussing approaches for dealing with CRC-recommended chemicals that COP has not agreed to list. COP5 then turned its attention to membership of the CRC.

A contact group on budget and technical assistance convened throughout the day. A contact group on chemicals convened during the evening.

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COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi and the Secretariat discuss Cuba's request to include text on financial and technical assistance in decisions to list chemicals in Annex III.
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20 June - 21 June - 22 June - 23 June - 24 June
Plenary
Abigali Shonhiwa, Zimbabwe
Yuriy Kundiyev, Ukraine
Christine Fuell, Secretariat
 
Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention,COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, David Ogden, Secretariat, and Christine Fuell, Secretariat
Enrique Monet Hernández and Mario Abó Balanza, Cuba
Olufunke Babade, Nigeria
 
 
Elsa Ferreras, Dominican Republic
Abhaya Shankar, Asbestos Information Center
Christina C. Tolfsen, Norway
Andrey Kholzakov, International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations
Nguien Xuan Hong, Viet Nam
Hadi Farajvand, Iran
Contact Group on Budget and Technical Assistance

The contact group on budget and technical assistance, Co-Chaired by Kerstin Stendahl (Finland) and Mohammed Khashashneh (Jordan), began its work on Tuesday morning, and worked into the evening.

Contact Group Co-Chair Kirsten Stendhal (Finland)
Susan Bengsston, Secretariat
 
 
Side Event: Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes Side Event
 
(L-R) Jim Willis, COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, Johanna Lissinger-Peitz (Sweden), Bakary Kante, (UNEP) and Jacob Duer (UNEP), discussing the Consultative Process on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes.  
FAO Side event
FAO, Pesticide Action Network and representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Togo, discussed progress on identifying Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations.

Side Event
Asbestos - Dangers in the Dust
The side event focused on the health risks of mining and using asbestos and included a screening of the BBC documentary "Dangers in the Dust"
Around the Conference
 
Abiola Olanipekun, Olufunke Babade, Miranda Amachree, Emmanuel Anlai, Olufunbi Sode, Spanny Embiemu, and Uche Oyiana, Nigeria
 
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Rotterdam Convention resources
*Meeting website
*PIC COP5 annotated agenda
*PIC COP5 scenario note
*Overview of the Convention

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*IISD RS coverage of PIC COP 4, 27-31 October 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters, Rome, Italy
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