Eleventh  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-11)

Geneva, Switzerland; 18 September 2004

First 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

Geneva, Switzerland; 20 - 24  September 2004

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Highlights for Tuesday, 21 September 2004

Delegates met in a Committee of the Whole (COW) session in the morning and afternoon to continue deliberations on, among others: composition of the PIC regions; establishment of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC); and technical assistance. A contact group on PIC regions convened in the morning, and a contact group on the CRC met in the afternoon. Above photo: Bird's eye view of the COP-1 plenary of the Rotterdam Convention.

 

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (COW): 
 


Contact Group Chair Alistair McGlone
(UK), reported on the status of the Contact Group on legal issues and announced that a compromise was reached on the rules of procedure for the COP.

Contact Group Chair Lorenzo González Videla (Argentina), reported on the progress made on the Contact Group on PIC regions and 




Above photo L-R: The dais during the plenary session of the COW with Niek van der Graaff, Joint Executive Secretary for the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO), Chair Maria Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues (Brazil) and Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary for the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP).



The COW welcomed the entry of Togo as Party to the Convention. Above photo: Bougonou Djeri-Alassani (Togo)


ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CRC:

RUSSIAN FEDERATION supported the use of UN regions in selecting CRC members. Above photo: Boris Kuryandskiy (Russian Federation)



Niek van der Graaff
, Joint Executive Secretary (FAO), highlighted outstanding issues relating to the establishment of the CRC (UNEP/FAO/RC/COP.1/17) and the rules and procedures for preventing and dealing with conflicts of interest relating to the activities of the CRC (UNEP/FAO/RC/COP.1/31).



ACTIVITIES OF THE SECRETARIAT AND ADOPTION OF A BUDGET:


Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary for the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (UNEP), introduced a note by the Secretariat on its activities and on adoption of a budget (UNEP/FAO/RC/COP.1/30 and 30/Add.1).


JAPAN requested clarification on why expenditures had increased relative to projected amounts in the period of 2003-2005. Above photo: Koichi Ito (Japan)


 

Settlement of Disputes:

NON-COMPLIANCE:


On the rules on conciliation, ETHIOPIA suggested changing a provision requiring the costs of the conciliation commission to “be borne by the parties to the dispute in shares agreed by them.” Above photo: Dessaiegne Mesfin (Ethiopia)


The GAMBIA said capacity building goes hand in hand with compliance. Above photo: Fatoumata Ndoye (The Gambia)



CONTACT GROUP ON ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CRC :


The Contact Group on CRC was chaired by Lorenzo González Videla (Argentina) (far left).
Participants agreed that experts serve four-year terms, with special provisions to ensure that half the membership rotate every two years. February 2005 was proposed as the date for its first meeting, and it was agreed that the CRC would meet annually.


Above photo: Bernard Madé
(Canada) making an intervention during the Contact Group on CRC.


ENB Rotterdam COP-1 SNAPSHOTS: 




Photos from the Italian and Swiss Reception on the occasion of COP-1 to the Rotterdam Convention:



Above photo: Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Paolo Bruni welcomed delegates to the COP-1 Rotterdam Convention to his residence at Villa Tournay.

Above photo L-R: Ambassador Paolo Bruni and Roberto Tortoli, Italian Secretary of State for the Environment.


Above photo: State Secretary Philippe Roch, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape.





This service was prepared in cooperation with the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat


Links

INC-11 and COP-1 documents
UNEP Chemicals Unit
ENB coverage of INC-10
ENB coverage of meetings regarding chemicals management
ENB Brief Introduction to the Rotterdam PIC Convention 
Chrysotile Institute
The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat
Rotterdam Convention
 




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