Work programme (2022 - 2023)

The Compliance Committee submits reports to each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties reflecting, amongst other things, its future programme of work, including the schedule of expected meetings which it considers necessary for the fulfilment of its programme of work.

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties by Decision RC-10/11 adopted the work programme 2022-2023 of the Committee, which is set out in the annex to that decision. In addition, the Conference of the Parties in the same decision mandated the Committee to submit a report to the eleventh meeting reflecting, among other things, the work it had undertaken in accordance with this work programme, and conclusions or recommendations regarding compliance issues the Committee identified and considered. The work programme states explicitly that the Committee is to accord priority to dealing with specific submissions.

The generous financial contributions from the Governments of Germany and Switzerland to the work of the Committee is hereby acknowledged. This funding enables the Committee to undertake several activities of its work programme.

I. Review of systemic issues of general compliance under the Convention

Systemic issue of general compliance to be addressed

Activity

1. Laws, regulations, policies, procedures and other measures to implement the Convention (Article 15 (1) and other provisions)

 

(a)            Monitor, based on information from Parties, the laws, regulations, policies, procedures and other measures adopted to implement the Rotterdam Convention

(b)            Based on information from Parties, identify and review difficulties relating to laws, regulations, policies, procedures and other measures to implement the Rotterdam Convention

(b)            Develop recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties on steps that could be taken by Parties, the Conference of the Parties, the Compliance Committee and others to improve the laws, regulations, policies, procedures and other measures to implement the Convention.

 

2. Notification of final regulatory actions (Article 5)

(a)            Based on information from Parties, identify and review issues being faced by Parties in relation to the notification of final regulatory actions, in particular with regards to the information requirements set out in Annex I to the Convention

(b)            Develop recommendations for consideration of the Conference of the Parties on steps that could be taken by Parties, the Conference of the Parties, the Compliance Committee and others to support Parties with the notification of final regulatory actions

 

3. Exports of chemicals listed in Annex III (Articles 10 and 11)

(b)            Review, based on information from Parties, challenges faced by importing Parties with submitting import responses and challenges faced by exporting Parties with ensuring that exporters within their jurisdiction comply with import responses no later than six months after these are communicated to Parties by the Secretariat

(b)            Develop recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties on steps that could be taken by Parties, the Conference of the Parties, the Compliance Committee and others to support importing Parties in submitting import responses and exporting Parties with ensuring that exporters within their jurisdiction comply with import responses no later than six months after these are communicated to Parties by the Secretariat

 

4. Information exchange (Article 14)

(a)            Examine and report to the Conference of the Parties on options to improve information sharing with Parties about existing available resources and databases on chemicals

(b)            Consider options to encourage and facilitate exchange of experiences, in particular between developing countries, on implementation of the Convention

 

5. Information Submission

Improve timely and complete submission of information pursuant to the provisions of the Convention

In cooperation, as appropriate, with the Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention, monitor United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework processes with a view to assessing the extent to which Parties with information submission needs are including actions to address them in their Cooperation Framework, identifying best practices and, on the basis of this assessment, developing recommendations for the consideration of Conference of the Parties

 

6. Enhanced coordination with the Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention

Explore the possibilities for enhancing coordination with the Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention to facilitate compliance through, for example, the provision of joint secretariat support for the committees, facilitation of the exchange of information between the committees, including reports on the outcomes of each other’s meetings, attendance by each chair at the meetings of the other committee and appointment of committee members who have experience of the other compliance mechanism, and make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties