The meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions included a high-level segment. The high-level segment took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.

The objective of the high-level segment was to provide an interactive, dynamic and inclusive platform for ministers and other high-level delegates to exchange experiences and to provide political leadership for renewed commitment towards the implementation of the conventions. In doing so, the high-level segment aimed to raise political awareness of and support for the conventions, as well as promote a dialogue among ministers, and between ministers and other high-level delegates.

Key messages emerging from the High Level Segment can be found here.

Opening remarks of the 2017 COPs High Level Segment can be found here.

Themes and sub-themes

As decided by the presidents of the three conferences of the Parties in consultation with the bureaux, the theme of the 2017 meetings and the high-level segment was “A future detoxified: Sound management of chemicals and waste”. For the purposes of the ministerial round-table discussions the theme was sub-divided into the following sub-themes:

    1. Opportunities for a detoxified future in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals;
    2. Opportunities for strengthened implementation through partnerships; and
    3. Opportunities for reducing waste and pollution while enabling economic and social prosperity.


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