Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Parties are discussing efforts and proposals to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention, including the process for listing chemicals in Annex III to the Convention.

In an attempt to improve the effectiveness of the Convention, the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties mandated an intersessional working group to carry out intersessional work on the process of listing chemicals in Annex III to the Convention and to develop options for improving the effectiveness of the listing process and information flows.

At its eighth meeting, the Conference of the Parties took note of the various options for enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention, including by improving the prior informed consent procedure, improving the listing process and considering cross-cutting issues such as the provision of technical and financial assistance, and agreed on further work in the intersessional period (RC-8/8).

As requested by decision RC-8/8, Parties have provided information on priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Convention and key information gaps related to such actions. An online survey was available between 30 June 2017 and 31 October 2017 to gather this information. The results of the survey have been compiled by the Secretariat and are available here.

The Secretariat prepared a report analysing the legal and operational implications of the priority actions received through the online survey. The report was made available by 15 January 2018 and Parties and others were invited to comment on the report by 31 March 2018. The report and comments received thereon are available here

The Conference of the Parties further established a working group to identify, on the basis of the report and comments received thereon, a set of prioritized recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of the Convention and to prepare a report identifying further steps for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its ninth meeting. The working group is composed of representatives of Parties, who were invited to provide nominations by 30 September 2017. The group is furthermore open to participation by non-Party States and will hold face-to-face meetings subject to the availability of resources.

A first meeting of the working group was held from 4-6 June 2018 in Riga, Latvia.

Further information on the work carried out previously, between the seventh and eighth meetings of the Conference of the Parties pursuant to decision RC-7/5 is provided here.