The theme of the triple COPs will be ‘From Science to Action, Working for a Safer Tomorrow’. To highlight the crucial role that science plays in the policymaking of the conventions, a three day science fair will be organized from 7 to 9 May 2015.
In preparation for the triple COPs, four regional meetings will be held to provide parties to the three conventions with an opportunity to consult each other in advance, identify regional priorities and challenges, consider meeting documents and discuss substantive matters; for the Asia-Pacific Region from 17-20 March 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia; for the African Region from 24-27 March 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya; for Central and Eastern Europe from 7-10 April 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia; and for the Latin American and Caribbean Region, from 14-17 April 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury will be organizing regional workshops to support ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention in 2015, back-to-back with the BRS regional meetings.
Recent and current activities of the three conventions include, inter alia, the joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (11-12 November 2014), the tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (27-30 October 2014), the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (22-24 October 2014), the eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (22-24 September 2014) and the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (16-19 September 2014).
Coffee & Tea
Fatoumata KEITA-OUANE, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch
Rolph PAYET, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Preparations for the 2015 COPs
Kei OHNO, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (replacing David OGEN)
Update on the regional preparatory meetings
Andrea LECHNER, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Jacob DUER, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Outcomes of recent BRS meetings
Kei OHNO, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Juliette VOINOV KOHLER, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Swiss perspective on the regional meetings and COPs
Gabriela EIGENMANN, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
Following questions and remarks from Costa Rica, Ghana, Nigeria and Uruguay, the Secretariats provided additional information on various topics, including guidance on implementation, selection of funded participants, the science fair, the official invitations that were sent to the capitals, agenda of billateral meetings, budget and resource mobilization, the role of the Foreign Affairs Ministers and Permanent Missions, compliance, future briefings.
More information and documents
Rolph PAYET biography is available online.
More information on the COPs available on the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convetions Secretariat Website.
More information on the Minamata Convention on Mercury latest and upcoming meetings available on the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention Website.