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Fri 31 & Summary





Fourth 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 (PIC COP-4)

27-31 October 2008 | Rome, Italy


Highlights for Friday, 31 October 2008


Friday’s Plenary agreed to include tributyltin compounds in Annex III of the Convention. COP 4 also adopted: a programme of work and budget for the triennium 2009-11; decisions on implementation; and recommendations of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (AHJWG); but could not agree on the inclusion of endosulfan or chrysotile asbestos in Annex III, or on a mechanism to address cases of non-compliance.

Above photo: Delegates from developing countries consulting with non-compliance contact group Chair Denis Langlois, Canada .






Above photos L-R: Dais during Friday's High-Level Segment with Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO); Bill Murray, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention; PIC COP 4 President Andrea Repetti; and Bakary Kante, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); view of the plenary with the Philippines making a statement.
Hamoud Darwish Salim Al-Hasani, Oman, reported on the status of credentials and chaired the High-level segment.
Bakary Kante, UNEP, reported on the outcomes of Thursday's Ministerial Panel Discussions.


  Anatole Kanyenkiko, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Planning and Public Works, Burundi.   Ramon Paje, Undersecretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines.   Ana Maria Gonzalez del Valle Begazo, Vice-Minister of Environmental Management, Peru.
  Aundre Franklyn, Parliament Secretary, Ministry of Health and Environment. Jamaica.

  Salifou Sawadogo, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Quality of Life, Burkina Faso.   Illalkamar Ag Oumar, Chef de Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Sanitation, Mali.  
Jean Marie Koumba Souvi, Minister Designate, Ministry of Health, Gabon.
  Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention.


Above photos: Franz Perrez, Switzerland; Rodrigo Mena, Ecuador; and Jill Hannah, European Commission.



View of the closing plenary of COP 4.

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Related Links

Rotterdam Convention (PIC)
PIC COP-4 Documents
Annotated Agenda
Scenario Note
UNEP Chemicals
UNEP - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
International Organization for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
International Programme on Chemical Safety
UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme
Stockholm Convention (POPs)
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Basel Convention

Links to IISD RS Resources

IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-3, 9-13 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-2, 27-30 September 2005, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the PIC COP-1, 20-24 September 2004, Geneva, Switzerland 
IISD RS coverage of the OEWG-2 to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issues on Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the OELTWG of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management 
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