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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 Thursday, 23 June 2011

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Rotterdam Convention convened for its fourth day in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, 23 June 2011.

During the morning, delegates convened in plenary and took a decision on trade. Plenary was then adjourned to allow contact groups on budget and technical assistance, candidate chemicals, and non-compliance to continue their work. 

Delegates reconvened in plenary during the afternoon and discussed the issue of listing chrysotile asbestos. Those parties opposing the listing of chrysotile were asked to explain their positions. In response, delegates agreed to convene an informal discussion on information on asbestos in an effort to address some parties' concern about the lack of scientific data. These informal talks were facilitated by Barry Reville (Australia).

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Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention, Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention,COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, and David Ogden, Secretariat
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20 June - 21 June - 22 June - 23 June - 24 June
Plenary
 
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Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention,COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, and David Ogden, Secretariat
Karel Blaha, Czech Republic
 
Pablo Issaly, Argentina
 
Contact Group on Budget and Technical Assistance
The budget and technical assistance group met throughout the day in an effort to complete their work.
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland
Olufunbi Sode, Nigeria, and Elise Haber, South Africa
 
Mario Abó Balanza, Cuba
Nalini Sookal, Trinidad and Tobago
Jill Hanna, EU
Contact Group on Non-Compliance
The contact group met throughout the day and into the evening in an effort to clear the text of brackets.
Co-Chair Mona Mejsen Westergaard, Denmark
Jimena Nieto, Colombia
Bruno Neves, Brazil
Enrique Monet Hernández, Cuba
Hadi Farajvand, Iran
Dessaiegne Mesfin, Ethiopia
 
EU delegates during the contact group on non-compliance
Contact Group on Candidate Chemicals
The contact group met throughout the morning but was unable to make progress on the listing of chrysotile asbestos.
 
Side event: Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling and the Linkages with the Conventions
Participants discussed the linkages between the Globally Harmonized System and the chemicals conventions.
 
Side event: Networking to address the challenges posed by chemicals
"PICSocial: A New Era of Responsible Communication" was launched at this side event.
 
Around the Conference
 
Mario Vega Hernández, Costa Rica, and Adriana Perez, Chile
COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, and the Secretariat
 
 
Related Links
Rotterdam Convention resources
*Meeting website
*PIC COP5 annotated agenda
*PIC COP5 scenario note
*Overview of the Convention

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