12 Apr 2013
Venue: International Environment House II (7-9 ch. de Balexert)
Organization: Geneva Environment Network
A briefing to Permanent Missions on recent developments under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and the organization of the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the conventions, to be held back-to-back from 28 April to 10 May 2013 in Geneva, was organized at the International Environment House on Friday 12 April. Over 1000 participants, including representatives of 148 Governments, will be attending the conferences and more than 70 Ministers have registered to attend the high-level segment.
In light of the importance of the events, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions wished to assist Permanent Missions in Geneva with their preparations. Updated information was provided on final practical arrangements, the schedule of work and substantive matters of each of the conferences and other meetings being organized in the margins of the conferences. The briefing also covered latest provisions and the detailed programme for the high-level segment, to be held on 9 and 10 May.
The documents and websites presented during the briefng can be found at the bottom of this page.
Coffee & Tea
Welcome and introduction
Jan DUSIK, acting Director and Regional Representative, UNEP
Introduction to recent developments under the conventions
Jim WILLIS, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Practical arrangements and schedule of work for the conferences
David OGDEN, Chief, Convention Operations Branch, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Organization of the high-level segment
Laura MESZAROS, Coordinator High-level Segment, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Remarks on the conferences by Host Country
Salman BAL, Counselor and Head of Section, Permanent Mission of Switzerland
More information and documents
Visit the conferences website for detailed documentation.
Twitter account for the conference: twitter.com/brsmeas
Press release from Switzerland announcing press conference of 27 April.