The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-14), the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-9) is held back to back from 29 April to 10 May 2019, in Geneva. The theme of the meetings is ” Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.
The Governments will negotiate key decisions to prevent impacts on health and environment from plastic waste, electronic waste, and hazardous chemicals
The threats to human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and waste are omnipresent, well understood, and impossible to ignore. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently estimated that 1.6 million preventable deaths per yearare due to unsound management of chemicals and waste. Governments from across the world have converged on Geneva this week for discussions and decisions aimed at protecting human health and the environment from chemicals and waste.
With an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic in our seas; an estimated 50 million tonnes of electronic waste generated every year; and with scientists predicting the collapse of wildlife populations as a result of pollution from chemicals, there is an urgent need to take action for a Clean Planet, Healthy People.
Speaking at the opening session of the Triple COPs, Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary (UNEP) of the three conventions, said that “governments have the opportunity to take historic and legally-binding decisions in these next two weeks, decisions which will result in practical steps to rid the world of marine plastic litter, which will help stem the tide of electronic waste, to further protect our health and environment from some of the most toxic and hazardous chemicals in the world”.
“The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The challenge will be to produce enough nutritious and healthy food without harming human health and the environment by hazardous pesticides. Increased knowledge sharing between Parties is an important element in reducing pesticide risks and shifting towards a sustainable agriculture” added Hans Dreyer, Executive Secretary (FAO) of the Rotterdam Convention.
Key decisions are expected concerning plastic waste, electronic waste, and hazardous chemicals.
The meetings will include joint sessions covering matters of relevance to at least two conventions and separate sessions of the meetings of the each of the three COPs.
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Here we share you the Summary video of BRS COPs 2017 from the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes. All three conventions made good progress on their stated targets of reducing dependence on toxic substances and promoting ecologically sound alternatives to pest control, paving the way towards a safer world. #DETOX
Source : SafePlanet