Building partnerships,
mobilizing resources

Ioan Jelev reports on the last Conference of the Parties and looks forward to the new one

The Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention – from 9 to 14 December 2002 in Geneva – was memorable, with many key decisions taken and a finish in the early hours of the morning! As President of COP6, it gives me great pleasure to add my welcome to you in this special supplement of Our Planet magazine on the occasion of the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention.

COP6 considered and adopted decisions on many issues concerned with implementing the Convention, its amendment and its annexes, and institutional, financial and procedural arrangements. Many contributed to refining the Convention through adopting technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of biomedical and health care wastes, plastic wastes, waste lead-acid batteries, and the dismantling of ships.

COP6 also set the budget for 2003-2005, agreed on a compliance mechanism for the Convention, adopted a Strategic Plan, and finalized the Framework Agreement on the legal establishment of the Basel Convention Regional Centres. It thus paved the way for a smooth implementation of the Convention, and for facilitating support mechanisms for it. These will be advanced further at COP7.

Growing challenge
The theme of COP7, ‘Partnership for meeting the global waste challenge’, was chosen to tackle the growing challenge of the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes against the backdrop of their continuously increasing generation in many countries. It calls for an integrated approach on hazardous and municipal wastes, in which partnerships with and between international organizations, governments, industry and civil society are crucial for success.

COP7 will place great emphasis on defining the role of the Basel Convention in building partnerships to meet the global waste challenge. An important aspect of these is the mobilizing of adequate resources as a support base for Parties for the sound implementation of the Convention.

I wish COP7 the greatest of successes

Ioan Jelev is Secretary of State for the Environment, Romania, and was President of COP6 of the Basel Convention.


This issue:
Contents | Editorial K. Toepfer | Building partnerships, mobilizing resources | Much to discuss, much to do | Delivery time | Adolescence and money problems | Complete the job | Creating synergy | New challenges

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