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November 2008

CONFERENCE ON METHYL BROMIDE ALTERNATIVES HELD

The 2008 International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reduction is being held from 11-14 November 2008 in Orlando, US. The annual conference seeks to support the exchange of information on methyl bromide alternatives, and includes posters presented by researchers assessing the viability of a variety of methyl bromide alternatives in both pre- and post-harvest uses. Methyl bromide is an agrictultural chemical that has been largely phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Links to further information Conference website Landscape Management article, 4 November 2008

October 2008

ROTTERDAM COP4 CONVENES

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC) is convening from 27-31 October 2008, in Rome, Italy. COP4 is considering, inter alia: a programme of work for technical assistance for 2009–2010; procedures and institutional mechanisms on non-compliance; the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos, tributyltin compounds and endosulfan in Annex III of the Convention and adoption of the associated decision guidance documents; and the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Link to further information IISD RS coverage
ROTTERDAM COP AGREES TO LIST TRIBUTYLTIN

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convened from 27-31 October 2008, in Rome, Italy. COP 4 adopted 13 decisions, including the addition of tributyltin compounds, pesticides used in antifouling paints for ship hulls that are toxic to fish, molluscs and other aquatic organisms, to Annex III of the Convention (Chemicals subject to the PIC procedure). The meeting also adopted the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Issues unresolved and forwarded to COP 5 included those on: compliance, effective implementation, and listing of chrysotile asbestos, the most commonly used form of asbestos and cause of mesothelomia, and endosulfan, a pesticide widely used in cotton production, in Annex III. Link to further information IISD RS coverage
SAICM OPEN-ENDED LEGAL AND TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR ICCM

The first meeting of the Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group (OELTWG) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) and informal discussions on preparations for the second meeting of the ICCM (ICCM2), convened from 21-24 October 2008, in Rome, Italy. The OELTWG discussed the rules of procedure for the ICCM, using the rules of procedure for the preparatory committee for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) as a guide. Protracted debate ensued throughout the week and, although some progress was made on the composition of the Bureau, delegates were unable to reach agreement on the entire text. Negotiations will continue at ICCM2 in May 2009. In the informal discussions, delegates exchanged views on substantive issues to be considered at ICCM2 and agreed on a way forward for prioritizing emerging policy issues. Link to further information IISD RS coverage
POPRC CONVENES LAST MEETING BEFORE COP4

The Fourth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC4) convened from 13-17 October 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates considered: a draft risk profile for short-chained chlorinated paraffins; proposals to list endosulfan and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) under Annexes A, B or C of the Convention; new information on perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); and toxic interactions between POPs. During POPRC4, members will also considered draft risk management evaluations for octabromodiphenyl ether, pentachlorobenzene, and alpha and beta hexachlorocyclohexane, and decided if these should be recommended to the Conference of the Parties (COP) for listing in the Stockholm Convention. This was the Committee's final meeting prior to COP4 which will be held in Geneva in early May 2009. Link to further information IISD RS coverage of POPRC4
SECOND MERCURY OEWG RECOMMENDS ADOPTION OF FRAMEWORK

The Second Meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury was held from 6-10 October 2008, in Nairobi, Kenya. The OEWG discussed a future mercury framework including: elements to be addressed by a mercury framework; the type of framework to be used; and the capacity building, financial and technical support required to deliver on the elements. Delegates used a document on the common elements of a mercury framework (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/OEWG.2/8), prepared by the UNEP Secretariat, as a basis for their discussions and for drafting recommendations to the UNEP Governing Council (GC). The outline of the document was informed by the work of the first meeting of the OEWG and based on the priorities articulated in UNEP GC Decision 24/3 IV. Thanks to substantive intersessional work by the Secretariat, participants arrived in Nairobi for their final meeting optimistic about making progress. Delegates were delighted by the “broad agreement” on a policy framework on mercury, a recommendation that the GC adopt a policy framework on mercury, as well as by their success in narrowing down the list of implementation instruments – one legally-binding and three voluntary options – for consideration by the UNEP GC in February 2009. Link to further information IISD RS coverage of OEWG2

September 2008

IFCS FORUM VI CONVENES IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) VI is convening from 15-19 September 2008, in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme “Global Partnership in Chemical Safety Contributing to the 2020 Goal.” During the meeting, delegates will consider the future of IFCS, including the following options: modifying the IFCS as a distinct institutional arrangement that avoids duplication with similar bodies, enhances synergies and saves costs; integrating the IFCS into the International Committee on Chemicals Management (ICCM) by designating part of each ICCM meeting as a session of the Forum; or integrating the IFCS into ICCM, by making IFCS an ICCM subsidiary body. In addition to the institutional considerations, Forum VI has a full substantive agenda, including: an exchange of information on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials to help raise awareness about the potential new opportunities, challenges and risks posed by nanotechnology; substitution and alternatives for harmful substances and processes with less harmful ones or with non-chemical alternatives; and integrated pest management and key elements of pesticide risk reduction strategies. Link to further information IISDRS coverage of IFCS VI

July 2008

ASIA WORKSHOP SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO REPORT ON DDT PRODUCTION AND USE

A Workshop to Support Asian Countries Reporting on DDT Production and Use convened from 22-24 July 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, the Workshop: reviewed existing data reporting mechanisms for pesticide management; identified data reporting constraints and made recommendations to strengthen such mechanisms; assessed existing vector control operations within the context of sustainable alternatives to DDT; and identified constraints to the implementation of such alternatives and recommended on how best to address those constraints. Participants recommended strengthening national and regional capacity for vector resistance monitoring and promoting and implementing integrated vector management (IVM). They also suggested that the WHO South East Asian Regional Office (SEARO) create a regional network to monitor the human and environmental impact of pesticides used for disease vector control. The Workshop also proposed Global Environment Facility funding for: needs assessments for disease vector control; developing/updating national policy and legislation for disease vector control and IVM, including insecticides used in public health; and repackaging and disposal of obsolete DDT stocks and wastes and decontamination of storage facilities. Link to further information Stockholm Convention Workshop website

June 2008

BASEL CONVENTION COP CONCLUDES IN BALI

The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Basel Convention convened from 23-27 June 2008, in Bali, Indonesia. COP9 adopted more than 30 decisions prepared by the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on, inter alia: the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; evaluation of the effectiveness of the Convention and the new strategic framework beyond 2010; the budget; and technical matters. On 26 June, ministers and heads of delegations gathered in the high level segment to address the “World Forum on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood,” and held an interactive discussion on ways in which the Basel Convention can contribute to the achievement of the wider policy objectives of human health and livelihood – the theme of COP9. Delegates also considered the legal interpretation of Article 17(5), relating to the entry into force of the Ban Amendment. During COP9, Switzerland and Indonesia announced a joint initiative to convene an informal gathering prior to OEWG7 on substantive issues related to the Ban Amendment. Link to further information IISD Reporting Services coverage of COP9

April 2008

FORTIETH SESSION OF CODEX COMMITTEE ON PESTICIDES ADVANCES 29 COMPOUNDS

The 40th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) convened from 14-19 April 2008, in Hangzhou, China. The session considered 47 compounds, with 421 maximum residue limits (MRLs). The meeting recommended 29 compounds with 286 MRLs for advancement, and 13 pesticides with 40 MRLs were proposed for withdrawal. Several new proposals were discussed at the meeting, including the issue of minor/specialty crops, and globally harmonized MRLs through Codex, by developing a process for the evaluation of new chemicals. Link to further information Meeting report
MERCURY PARTNERSHIP MEETING FINALIZES FRAMEWORK

In accordance with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council decision 24/3 paragraph 27, UNEP Chemicals convened a meeting from 1-3 April 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, to finalize the overarching framework for the Global Mercury Partnership. The meeting was attended by over 70 participants from more than 30 countries, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and industry groups. The outcome of the meeting was an agreed framework for the Global Mercury Partnership. The framework outlines the goal, organizational arrangements (including a Partnership Advisory Group), and operational guidelines for the individual partnership areas (IISD Sources). Link to further information UNEP Mercury Programme meeting report

March 2008

THIRD MEETING OF THE AHJWG ON COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION BETWEEN THE CHEMICAL CONVENTIONS PROPOSES JOINT EX-COP

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group (AHJWG) on Enhanced Cooperation and Coordination between the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions convened from 25-28 March 2008, in Rome, Italy. The AHJWG was able to reach agreement on all recommendations laid out in the co-chair's paper UNEP/FAO/CHW/RC/POPS/JWG.3/2. The key outcome of the meeting was the proposal to convene a joint extraordinary conference of the parties (Ex-COP) of the three Conventions. The Ex-COP is proposed to be held in conjunction with the next special session of the UN Environment Programme Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) in February 2010. The aim of the meeting would be to organize the joint recommendations, as well as the recommendation to synchronize the three Convention budgets. Before the Ex-COP is confirmed, the AHJWG recommendations must be agreed by the three COPs: the Basel Convention in June 2008; the Rotterdam Convention in October 2008; and the Stockholm Convention in May 2009 (IISD Sources). Link to further information Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Synergies meeting documents

February 2008

WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF IFCS OUTLINES THREE OPTIONS

The Working Group on the Future of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28-29 February 2008. The working group reviewed options for the future of the IFCS, including: modifying the IFCS as a distinct institutional arrangement that avoids duplication with similar bodies, enhances synergies and saves costs; integrating the IFCS into the International Committee on Chemicals Management (ICCM) by designating part of each ICCM meeting as a session of the forum; or integrating the IFCS into ICCM by making IFCS a subsidiary body of ICCM. The options will be considered at the next IFCS meeting (Forum VI) in Dakar, Senegal, in September 2008. Any resolution on the future of IFCS involving the ICCM will be considered by the ICCM at its next meeting in May 2009. Link to further information Centre for International Environmental Law Working Group rep..., 26 March 2008