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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 Friday, 24 June 2011

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Rotterdam Convention convened for its final day in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday 24 June 2011.

During the morning, delegates convened in plenary and took decisions on information exchange and on the increasing the number of notifications of final regulatory actions submitted under Article 5 of the Rotterdam Convention. Delegates also heard reports of credentials and of the contact group on budget and technical assistance, and on non-compliance. Plenary then adjourned to allow these groups to complete their work.

Delegates reconvened in plenary during the afternoon and adopted decisions on listing of endosulfan in Annex III of the Convention, the budget, technical assistance. Delegates also took a decision to consider the listing of chrysotile asbestos at COP6. Delegates could not reach agreement on the adoption of a non-compliance mechanism. 

6:36pm - delegates continue discussing sending the Chair's text on non-compliance to COP6.

COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi declared COP5 closed at 7:28pm.

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Plenary
Bruno Neves, Brazil
Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel and Stockholm conventions and UNEP-part of the Rotterdam Convention,,COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, and David Ogden, Secretariat.
 
Colombia and Costa Rica in informal consultations during heated discussions on non-compliance.
Cuba and Iran during the plenary discussion on non-compliance.
 
 
Participants during the side event
Delegates from Canada
Delegates from Cuba
 
Barry Reville, Australia
Co-Chair, Contact Group on Non-Compliance Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria
Co-Chair Contact Group on Budget and Technical Assistance Kirsten Stendhal, Finland
Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention,COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, and David Ogden, Secretariat
Magdalena Balick, Poland
 
 
Contact Group on Budget and Technical Assistance
Paul Whylie, Secretariat, and Budget and Technical Assistance Contact Group Co-Chairs Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan
 
Henrik Eriksen, Norway
 
Jill Hanna, EU
Budget and Technical Assistance Contact Group Co-Chair Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan
Elise Haber, South Africa
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland
Contact Group on Non-Compliance
Co-Chairs Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria, and Mona Mejsen Westergaard, Denmark
Xiaofeng Guo, China
 
Enrique Monet Hernández, Cuba
Jimena Nieto, Colombia
 
Side event: People, Products, Protection, Safe Planet
The session explored ways to assist parties to better meet their obligations under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and maximise the benefits to their countries.
 
 
Participants during the side event
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Jessica Templeton, IISDRS Writer, United States
 
 
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