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Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Briefing to the Permanent Missions

11/01/2013 - 10:00 - 12:00
GEN Event

A briefing on recent developments under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the upcoming ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the three conventions, as well as the third meeting of the Basel Convention technical expert group established to prepare a framework for the environmentally sound management of wastes was oragnised on Friday 11 January. The new Deputy Executive Secretary, Kerstin Stendahl, was introduced on that occasion.

The ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will be held back to back from 28 April to 10 May
2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. At their joint meeting in December 2012, the bureaux of the three conferences of the parties finalized arrangements for the organization of work of the meetings and agreed on holding a high-level segment on 9 and 10 May 2013. Invitation letters to the meetings and the high-level segment were dispatched in December 2012.

As part of the implementation of the Country-led Initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, a technical expert group was established to prepare a framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. At its third meeting, to be held from 21-23 January 2013 in Glion, Switzerland, the technical expert group is expected to complete a draft framework for consideration by the 2013 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention.

The documents presented during the briefing can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Agenda

10:00
Coffee & Tea

10:15
Welcome and introduction
Jan Dusik, acting Director and Regional Representative, UNEP

10:20
Introduction to recent developments under the conventions
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

10:25
Organization of work and practical arrangements
David Ogden, Acting Chief, Convention Operations Branch, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

10:40
Major issues to be considered at the 2013 ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

10:55
Organization of the high-level segment
Laura Meszaros, Coordinator, High-level Segment, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

11:10
Question-and-answer session on the 2013 meetings of the conferences of the parties

11:30
Preparations for the third meeting of the Basel Convention Technical Expert Group to prepare a framework for the environmentally sound management

of wastes
Susan Wingfield, Coordinator, Country-led initiative, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

11:45
Questions-and-answer session on the third Technical Expert Group meeting

12:00
End

More details and documents

Location: 

International Environment House 2

Contact: 

Geneva Environment Netwok