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Tenth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for an International Legally Binding Instrument for the Application of the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (INC-10)

Geneva, Switzerland; 17-21 November 2003


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Highlights for Thursday, 20 November 2003

Delegates met in a morning Plenary to hear a report from the working group on financial rules. The INC then considered draft decisions regarding: support for implementation; asbestos; dustable powder formulations of benomyl, carbofuran and thiram; DNOC and its salts; possible inconsistencies in Annex III of the Convention; and the Secretariat’s budget for 2004. The INC also considered the Secretariat’s information note on cooperation with the World Trade Organization. The open-ended working group on compliance reconvened in the afternoon to continue deliberations on the Chair’s draft decision on non-compliance, settlement of disputes, and reporting on the implementation of the Convention.

Above photo L-R: Bill Murray, Interim Secretariat, Niek van der Graaf, Joint Executive Secretary of the Interim Secretariat (FAO), Chair Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues, Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Interim Secretariat (UNEP)



PLENARY:


PREPARATION FOR COP-1:



Chair McGlone reported that discussion of the working group on financial rules had been constructive and presented a revised draft decision (UNEP/FAO/PIC/INC.10/CRP.19).


Above photo: Chair Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues, Niek van der Graaf, Joint Executive Secretary of the Interim Secretariat (FAO), Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Interim Secretariat (UNEP). 


ISSUES ARISING OUT OF THE CONFERENCE OF PLENIPOTENTIARIES:


EGYPT proposed that the draft decision include a request that the Secretariat take decisive steps to combat illicit trad in chemicals. Above photo: Tarek Eid Mohamed Mahmoud El Ruby (Egypt).


CANADA proposed new text inviting the OECD Development Assistance Committee to review national development strategies in relation to technical assistance under the Convention.


Issues Related to Inclusion of Other Chemicals: Draft decision on the option of holding a “mini-INC-11”:



INDIA suggested creating a procedural mechanism to resolve the scientific differences. Above photo: Ramesh Inder Singh (India).


The RUSSIAN FEDERATION objected to the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in the draft decision, saying it should be reconsidered by the ICRC.


OTHER MATTERS:


IRAN
noted that the CTE gives observer status only to multilateral environmental agreements already in force.


VENEZUELA expressed concern that the Secretariat’s note omitted major issues, particularly with respect to development-related international trade issues.


ACTIVITIES OF THE SECRETARIAT AND REVIEW OF THE SITUATION AS REGARDS EXTRABUDGETARY FUNDS:
 


KENYA requested additional financial support for the participation of developing countries at COP-1. Above photo: Harriet Nduma (Kenya).


SWITZERLAND committed to making funds available to ensure adequate high-level representation at COP-1.


OPEN ENDED COMPLIANCE WORKING GROUP


PREPARATIONS FOR COP-1: Non- Compliance:



GERMANY noted they are still considering an NGO trigger. Above photo: Christian Lindemann (Germany).


CANADA said they could accept wording on the content of submission in case of a trigger by a Party whose compliance is at issue.



SIDE EVENT: VISIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT HOUSE
 




At lunch delegates were invited for a tour of the International Environment House (IEH)  by the Geneva Environment Network (GEN). The IEH is host to  more than 50 non-governmental (NGO), inter-governmental (IGO), environmental and sustainable development organizations. The visit will give the delegates an opportunity to see how organizations achieve synergies by working together under one roof. Delegates heard presentations by representatives from UNEP/Chemicals, Basel Convention, UNITAR, CITES and ISSD. The event was coordinated by Sofie Flensborg of GEN (photo below).

 

 


Above photo: David Runalls (IISD) and Bo Wahstr�m (UNEP/Chemicals).


Above photo: Sofie Flensborg (GEN).  


Links

INC-10 documents.
UNEP Chemicals Unit.
ENB coverage of INC-9.
ENB coverage of meetings regarding chemicals management.

Rotterdam Convention.
 

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