Friday, 03 November.
3 November, delegates met for the closing session of INC-7 to hear
the report of the Legal Working Group and adopt the report of the
meeting. Over 230 delegates from more than 100 countries, including
representatives of IGOs and NGOs, attended the five-day meeting.
During INC-7, participants discussed, inter alia, the
activities of the Secretariat, implementation of the interim PIC
procedure, the work of the Interim Chemical Review Committee (ICRC),
preparation for the Conference of the Parties, and issues arising
out of the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries.
at INC-7 gathered to consider a series of issues that mark the
“twilight zone” separating the Rotterdam Convention’s adoption
and its entry into force, a zone patrolled by transitional
complexities surrounding discontinuation of the interim PIC
procedure. In spite of a heavy agenda, a show of new faces and a
tendency to seek further advice on complex questions, delegates
dispensed with many agenda items ahead of schedule and, in a
cooperative spirit, made measured progress on many of the issues at
hand. With Convention ratifications now at eleven out of the
required fifty, delegates left INC-7 satisfied with their progress
but also cognizant that much work remains in the period leading up
to the first Conference of the Parties.
See the ENB Summary and Analysis
for a full report of INC-7
From left to right: Hal Cohen and Niek
van der Graaff, FAO, Maria Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues, Chair and
Jim Willis, UNEP Chemicals.
In closing remarks,
Chair Rodrigues thanked delegates, the Secretariat and the Bureau
for completing the work as scheduled. She wished participants a safe
journey home and looked forward to seeing them at INC-8 in Rome.
Chair Rodrigues gaveled INC-7 to a close at 1:10 pm.
Maria Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues,
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