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Procedures and Mechanisms on Implementation and Compliance with the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions
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Compliance Committee

The Compliance Committee is a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention that was established in 2019 under Article 17 of the Convention.

The Committee has a double mandate to:

Depending on whether the Committee acts based on its submissions or general compliance mandate determines how it initiates work, the procedures it follows and the possible outcomes of its work.

The amendment to the Convention establishing the Compliance Committee enters into force on 6 November 2020, one year from the date of the depositary’s communication to Parties and Signatories of its adoption.

The Committee is made up of fifteen members, elected by the Conference of the Parties on the basis of equitable geographical representation of the five regional groups of the United Nations. Members have expertise and specific qualifications in the subject matter of the Rotterdam Convention.

As the first meeting after entry into force of Annex VII, it is expected that the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (2021) will elect eight members of the Committee for one term and seven members for two terms. The Committee’s officers – a Chair, Vice-Chair and a Rapporteur - are elected by its members.