Rome, Italy, from 22 to 25 October 2013 Read more
Report of the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention Read more
Report of the Chemical Review Committee on the work of its eighth meeting Read more
Regional Coordination and Cooperation
Maximizing safety and minimizing risk of industrial chemicals are important aims for sustainable development for countries Read more
The Rotterdam Convention assists Parties to reduce risks from certain hazardous pesticides in international trade Read more
A range of activities that are tailored to the specific needs of individual countries or small groups of countries Read more
The role of customs officers in the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention Read more
The PIC Circular is a key document in the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention Read more
Guidance to DNAs to complete the form “notification of final regulatory action” Read more
Progress on sound chemicals management advanced at well-attended strategic meeting, 17 to 19 September 2013 in Mbabane.
The Swaziland Environmental Authority hosted a National workshop to identify elements of National Action Plans or strategies for the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Swaziland, from 17 to 19 September 2013. The workshop, which took place in the capital city of Mbabane, was attended by 31 representatives, including ones from the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Labour and Social Services, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, and Commerce, Industry and Trade; and academia, media, private sector and nongovernmental organizations. The World Health Organization and United Nations Development Programme and Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat were also represented.
Swaziland ratified the Rotterdam Convention on 24 September 2012 and became a contracting Party with effect from 24 of December 2012. The designated national authority for this convention is the Swaziland Environment Authority. Currently Swaziland has ratified the Basel and Stockholm and Vienna conventions. The Basel Convention was also domesticated in form of the Waste Regulations of 2010.
Under the Stockholm Convention a National Implementation Plan (NIP) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) inventory have so far been completed. The POPs NIP is to be updated to include the nine new POPs.
The country has also benefitted from the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme Trust Fund for creating enabling environment for the implementation of sound management of chemicals. The major output of this exercise has been the compilation of the National Chemicals Profile and the Capacity Assessment Document. Among stakeholders this exercise raised awareness on chemicals management issues.
As a new Party to the Rotterdam Convention, Swaziland is seeking to meet its obligations. There is as yet no chemicals registry for imported chemicals and no information system is in place as far as chemical imports are concerned. Chemical imports are not regulated except for Ozone Depleting Substances.
Current challenges for implementation of the Rotterdam Convention are financial and technical resources to raise awareness to stakeholders, especially, farmers, agricultural, health and customs officers on the obligations of this Convention. A national legal instrument, information exchange and inter-ministerial co-ordinating mechanisms have to be put in place for effective implementation.
There will be need for the development of reporting mechanisms for chemical poisoning incidences to assess exposure risks. Health facilities will have to be capacitated to serve as poison centres. However, there are chemicals management activities currently running in the country synergies could be drawn from projects such as SAICM Quick Start Programme, Stockholm Convention and the Basel Convention.
Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS).
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the Schengen visa applicant. All Swiss embassies and consulates are gradually being connected to the VIS system.
A document in several languages explaining the implementation of the VIS system, registration of biometric data and the rollout timetable for Swiss embassies/consulates connected to the VIS system is available by clicking on the following web link: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/einfuehrung_vis.html
The time needed to obtain a visa depends greatly on local circumstances. Please allow sufficient time for processing of the visa application as per the instructions in the following website: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html
If Switzerland does not have a consular office in your country you might be required to travel to a neighboring country to process your visa. It is therefore highly recommended to enquire directly with a Swiss embassy/consulate in the applicant’s country of residence or in a neighboring country or to check the appropriate website.
Switzerland has implemented necessary measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for official delegates invited to take part in conferences and international meetings with organizations having concluded a headquarters agreement as well as other persons invited in the framework of good offices.
We would like to remind you that it is the responsibility of each participant to obtain the required entry visa to Switzerland. Please note that at the moment of this writing a Schengen visa is required even for transiting through Schengen zone European Countries. More information on visa is available on the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs at the following link: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps.htm
In some exceptional circumstances Switzerland may issue visas with limited territorial validity (LTV). Please check the following website for details on this procedure and the conditions and limitations for a holder of LTV visas: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/topics/intorg/un/unge/gepri/manvis/manvi2.html
Letter sent by the Secretariat on 10 August 2013
Dispatch of Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on azinphos methyl; commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether; commercial octabromodiphenyl ether; and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonates, perfluorooctane sulfonamides and perfluorooctane sulfonyls
Staff members of the Secretariat have new standardized e-mail addresses.
As of 15 April 2013, each of our staff members have been assigned a new e-mail address in the standard format email@example.com. This new format applies to all members of the Secretariat, independently of whether staff are hosted by UNEP or FAO.
In addition to this standardized address, the UNEP staff will continue using e-mail addresses in the format firstname.lastname@example.org and the FAO staff will continue using e-mail address in the FAO format email@example.com.
The e-mail addresses in the pic.int and pops.int formats will continue to be functional for six months, to facilitate the transition to the new addresses. Rest assured that messages sent to our former addresses will still be delivered.
A pilot training on chairing meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions will be offered in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee held its 9th meeting in Rome from 22 to 24 October 2013, back to back with the joint meeting of the conventions’ scientific review committees.
Geneva and Rome, 25 October 2013 –The Chemical Review Committee, the scientific subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention, recommended this week that methamidophos (pesticide) and fenthion 640 ULV* (a severely hazardous pesticide formulation) be subject to the Convention’s Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure. The Committee also adopted the draft Decision Guidance Document (DGD) for trichlorfon, a pesticide recommended for inclusion in the Committee’s eighth meeting held in March 2012.
The result of the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee meeting is that three new Decision Guidance Documents will be forwarded to the Conference of the Parties in May 2015 for its consideration for inclusion in Annex III to the Convention and be subject to the PIC procedure.
The Prior Informed Consent procedure of the Convention is a key tool for developing countries to take informed and responsible decisions on the import and on the use of chemicals that represent a danger for the environment and for the human health. It enables member governments to alert each other to potential dangers by exchanging information on banned or severely restricted chemicals and to take informed decisions on them. This provision prevents unwanted trade in the chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention and constitutes an early warning system.
The Committee reviewed notifications of final regulatory actions taken by parties for five chemicals: cyhexatin, lead arsenate, lead carbonate, methamidophos, pentachlorobenzene, and one severely hazardous pesticide formulation, fenthion 640 ULV.
On four other chemicals – cyhexatin, lead arsenate, lead carbonate and pentachlorobenzene – the Committee agreed that criteria were not met and no further decisions will be taken for these chemicals at the moment.
“This is the second time since the Convention entered into force in 2004 that the Committee has recommended adding a severely hazardous pesticide formulation to the Prior Informed Consent list, using the ‘fast track’ mechanism that ensures developing countries’ rights to know and trade chemicals safely are respected,” said Clayton Campanhola, Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
“Putting these pesticides under the Rotterdam Convention’s PIC procedure would continue to strengthen the hands of governments and support informed decision-making about the import and use of chemicals known to harm human health and the environment,” said Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
The Committee’s recommendations will be sent to the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention for consideration at the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, scheduled to be held from 4 to 15 May 2015 in Geneva.
The tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee will be held in Rome, Italy, from 20 to 24 October 2014 followed immediately by the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention, scheduled for 27 to 31 October 2014.
Note for Editors:
The objective of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade is to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm. The Convention contributes to the environmentally sound use of such chemicals, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics, by providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export and by disseminating these decisions to Parties.
Together, the Rotterdam, Basel and Stockholm conventions, the three leading global treaties governing hazardous chemicals, pesticide formulations and wastes, can help countries to manage hazardous chemicals throughout their life-cycle:
The Chemical Review Committee is the scientific subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention. The Committee consists of thirty-one scientific experts appointed by the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention charged with undertaking scientific review of chemicals proposed for listing.
Trichlorfon is an insecticide used on a number of crops, including fruits and vegetables. The recommendation by the Chemical Review Committee to list trichlorfon in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention was based on final regulatory actions submitted by Brazil and the European Union.
Fenthion 640 ULV, among wide range use, it is also used for birds control against grain-eating birds. The proposal has been submitted by Chad, which experienced problems for human health caused by the formulation under conditions of use in its territory. The Committee decided at its ninth meeting to recommend listing it in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention as a Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulation (SHPF), based on the proposal of Chad.
Methamidiphos is an insecticide used on many crops, it is already present in Annex III to the Convention and subject to the PIC procedure as severely hazardous pesticide formulation (soluble liquid formulations of substance that exceed 600 g active ingredient/L) and it is classified as highly hazardous (I b oral toxicity) by the World Health Organization. The Committee decided at its ninth meeting to recommend listing it in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention as a pesticide, based on final regulatory actions submitted by Brazil and the European Union.
Elisabetta TAGLIATI, Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO), Rome, Tel. +39-06-5705-6420, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael S. JONES, Public Information Officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP), Geneva, mobile/text message: +41-79-730-4495, email@example.com
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*fenthion (ultra low volume formulations (ULV) at or above 640 g active ingredient/L)
The final report has been published in the six official languages of the United Nations.
Workshop targets Committees’ members and national officials from West/North Africa (19-21 November 2013, Dakar)
Date and Time
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19 November 2013 at 10 am
21 November 2013 at 4 pm
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The ninth meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC9) was held at FAO in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the POPRC reviewed chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertook tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.
The ninth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC9) took place at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC included in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and proposals for new severely hazardous pesticide formulations in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.
The first joint meeting of the POPRC and the CRC took place at the same venue, on 20 October 2013. The joint session took place after the POPRC9, prior to the CRC9. During this session the two Committee members and observers discussed how to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two working bodies.
The objective of this webinar is to inform parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and stakeholders on the outcome of these meetings.
1. Introduction – 5 min.
2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
◦ Ninth meetings of the POPRC – 15 min.
◦ Ninth meeting of the CRC – 15 min.
◦ First joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC – 5 min.
3. Discussion – 20 min
The objective of the side event is to share the updated information on availability, feasibility and properties of the alternative chemical flame retardants to replace HBCD on the market.
The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee will be held from 14 to 18 October 2013 in Rome. On Monday 14, October 2013, a lunch time side event entitled “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”, organized by the previous working group on HBCD, will take place. The side event will be broadcasted through this webinar.
In May, 2013, the Conference of the Parties, by its decision SC-6/13, decided to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention with specific exemptions for production and use in expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) in buildings.
1. 1. Introductions
2. 2. HBCD substitution – polymeric alternatives
3. 3. HBCD substitution- non-polymeric alternatives
4. 4. Implementing a HBCD phase out
Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.
Indonesia's ratification increases the total number of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to 154.
Indonesia has ratified the Rotterdam Convention, depositing its instrument of ratification with the depositary of the Convention on 24 September 2013. The Convention will enter into force for Indonesia on 23 December 2013 in accordance with article 26 (2) of the Convention.
Indonesia's action increases the total number of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to 154.
More information is available from Status of ratifications.
Four new chemicals were added to Annex III by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
By decisions RC-6/4, RC-6/5, RC-6/6 and RC-6/7, the Conference of the Parties, at its sixth meeting in May 2013, agreed to list the following chemicals in Annex III of the Convention:
The amendments entered into force on 10 August 2013 and these chemicals will now be subject to the Prior Informed Consent Procedure. Parties are invited to submit import responses for these chemicals by 10 May 2014.
For more information on submitting import responses, please visit the Import Response webpage.
The Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) for the four chemicals are available on the DGD webpage.
The ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 9) will be held from 22 to 25 October 2013 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-9) of the Stockholm Convention will be held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the Committee will review the chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertake further tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.
The ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-9) of the Rotterdam Convention will be held at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC includes in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and a proposal for listing new severely hazardous pesticide formulation in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.
The first joint meeting of the POPRC and CRC will take place at the same venue, on Sunday, 20 October 2013. The joint session will take place after POPRC-9 and prior to CRC-9. During this session the members of the two Committees and observers will share scientific information and discuss ways to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two subsidiary working bodies.
The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.
An advance copy of the RC COP-6 report is available in English.