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The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions are multilateral environmental agreements, which share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.

These agreements can assist countries to manage chemicals at different stages of their life-cycle. A framework for enhancing cooperation and coordination among these three conventions has been set up in order to strengthen the impact of the work of the three conventions at all levels.

General Information

Consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes:

The consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes was launched by the UNEP Executive Director in recognition of the need for adequate resources in the field of chemicals and wastes management. The process was first announced at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants held in May 2009. The purpose of the consultations would be to analyse the current situation with regard to financing for chemicals and waste management at the national level, including but not limited to the implementation of Party obligations under chemicals-related multilateral environmental agreements, and to devise strategic, synergistic proposals for improving it. The consultations would also provide advice to the UNEP Executive Director on options that could be pursued to move forward in this area. Fore more information, please consult the website of the consultative process.

Webinars

The Secretariat of the Basel Convention, together with the Secretariats of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, hosted an interactive dialogue with stakeholders and the general public on the synergies process between the three conventions. Among the topics of the webinar on synergies are::

  1. An overview of the three conventions
  2. The synergies decisions
  3. Lessons learned about the process.

Sessions were held on the 29 June, 1 July, 6 July and 8 July. The outcomes of the webinars can be consulted through the recordings and the FAQ. For more information, please visit the webinar page.

The Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions at the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19)

New York, USA – 2-13 May 2011. The 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) is taking place in New-York from 2-13 May 2011.

Building on CSD 18's review, CSD-19 is a "policy" session, during which delegates will agree on policy recommendations to expedite implementation in the five thematic clusters under consideration: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Read More ...

   
Synergies process
Synergies Decisions

The decisions on enhanced cooperation and coordination among the three conventions, also called “synergies decisions” were considered and adopted by the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel Convention (decision IX/10, June 2008), Rotterdam Convention (decision RC-4/11,October 2008) and Stockholm Convention (decision SC-4/34, May 2009) without any substantive amendments.

The “synergies decisions” concern synergies at the national, regional and global levels in the following areas:

  1. Organizational issues in the field;
  2. Technical issues;
  3. Information management and public awareness issues;
  4. Administrative issues.
Documents;

Basel Convention (decision IX/10, June 2008)
Rotterdam Convention (decision RC-4/11,October 2008)
Stockholm Convention (decision SC-4/34, May 2009)

The Ad Hoc Joint Working Group

The Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions was established to prepare joint recommendations on enhanced cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. The group was composed of 45 representatives of Parties, 15 from each of the three conventions. The recommendations developed by the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group were sent for adoption to the Conferences of the Parties to the three Conventions.

ExCOPs 1

The simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions were held in Bali, Indonesia, at the Bali International Convention Centre in, Nusa Dua, from 22 to 24 February 2010, in coordination with the eleventh special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum. The report (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) of the meetings is available.

The main outcomes (English, French, Spanish) of the meetings are decisions BC.Ex-1/1, RC.Ex-1/1 and SC.Ex-1/1 on the following thematic areas:

  1. Joint activities:
  2. Joint managerial functions:
  3. Joint services;
  4. Synchronization of budget cycles;
  5. Joint audits;
  6. Review arrangements.

The Secretariats will report on the implementation of these decisions to their next respective meetings of the conferences of the parties: 25 - 29 April 2011 for the Stockholm Convention, 20 – 24 June 2011 for the Rotterdam Convention and 17 – 21 October 2011 for the Basel Convention.

Documents;

ExCOPs meetings report (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish)
Basel Convention BC.Ex-1/1
Rotterdam Convention RC.Ex-1/1
Stockholm Convention SC.Ex-1/1

Recent Meetings

The Joint meeting of the Bureaux of the Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions took place on 26 March 2011 in Geneva.

List of pre-session documents on synergies for the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in 2011
Note: the documents are those presented to the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention. Substantially identical documents will be made available for the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions.

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