Meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Online, 26 to 30 July 2021 (online segment) and Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 to 17 June 2022 (face-to-face segment)

Venue: Online and in Geneva, Switzerland 

Summary of outcomes: In accordance with the agreement of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention met back-to-back and online from 26 to 30 July 2021. The online segment of the meetings, which was the first of two segments of the 2021-2022 meetings of the conferences of the Parties, focused on adopting a set of prioritized and time sensitive decisions aimed at continuing the work of the conventions in 2022. The online segment of the meetings was attended by over 160 Parties and 1,300 participants. The theme of the meetings is "Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet: Sound management of chemicals and waste".

Key outcomes from the online segment included the adoption of interim programmes of work and budgets for 2022 for the three conventions, the adoption of a decision agreeing to resume the meetings during a face-to-face segment in Geneva, from 6 to 17 June 2022, and an agreement to continue intersessional work under the conventions in 2022, including work of the subsidiary bodies and relevant partnerships, until further consideration at the face-to-face segments of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties in 2022. 

The conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions furthermore respectively elected members of the recently established Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee, and of the Stockholm Convention Effectiveness Evaluation Committee to allow these two committees to initiate the work according to their respective mandates. Finally, the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention agreed to forward the fifth review of the financial mechanism and the report on the assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention for the period 2022–2026 to the Global Environment Facility to inform its eighth replenishment. 

Financial support for the participation of developing country Parties and Parties that are countries with economies in transition in the 2021-2022 meetings of the conferences of the Parties is provided thanks to the generous financial support provided by the Governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. 

Additional information regarding the face-to-face segment and the high-level segment of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will be posted on the website in due course.

Working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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Please find here the summary report of the online segment of the BRS COPs, the daily coverage of 26 and 30 July 2021, as well as selected coverage of side events.

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Day 1          
         
 Plenary        
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 Day 2
       
         
Contact group on budget Side Event
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 Day 3
       
         
Side Event
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Side Event        
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 Day 4
       
         
Side Event
Side Event
Side Event
   
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 Day 5        
         
Plenar        
BRS COPs 2021 DAY 1 - July 30, 2021, Geneva, Switzerland