BRS Secretariat at the OEWG-2

The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat participated in the second session of the ad hoc open-ended working group on a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution (OEWG-2), held from 11 to 15 December in Nairobi, Kenya.

Member States made significant progress, following extensive discussions on institutional arrangements, operating principles, conflict of interest, and other work-related processes and procedures. They have also discussed approaches for establishing strategic partnerships, including with relevant MEAs such as the BRS Conventions.

As decided by Parties in the last Conference of the Parties, BRS Secretariat is cooperating closely with the SPP Secretariat to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as complementarity and no duplication between the work of the panel and the three conventions.

The OEWG agreed on the future intersessional work on preparation of its third and final meeting scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2024.