The joint meetings of three conventions on chemicals and waste viz. Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions was held in Geneva, Switzerland . The theme of these meetings was “Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”. It was overall 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to Basel Convention, 9th meeting of the COP to Rotterdam Convention and 9th meeting of COP to Stockholm Convention.
Outcomes of meeting
Meeting of Basel Convention: Two important issues were discussed and was decided that technical guidelines on e-waste and inclusion of plastic waste in Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure.
Meeting on Stockholm Convention: It was decided to list “Dicofol” in Annex A of this convention without any exemption. Besides, it was also decided to list “PFOA” with some exemptions in Annex A.
Meeting on Rotterdam Convention: Two new chemicals Phorate and : Hexabromocyclododecan (HBCD) were added in the list for mandatory Prior Informed Consent ( PIC) procedure in international trade.
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
They are multilateral environmental agreements, which share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.