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Biennium 2005-2006

Technical Assistance activities for the biennium 2005-2006
 
Introduction      
    Based on decision RC 1/14 (link with the COP report), the technical assistance programme of 2005 and 2006 was meant to support the efforts of countries towards the ratification and the implementation of the Convention. In responding to this, a series of consultations at national and sub regional level were organised with the scope to facilitate a dialogue among different stakeholders involved in the ratification and implementation process. Parties and Non Parties were invited to participate and discuss on the difficulties and constraints encountered in their countries. Main output of these consultations was the identification of elements of a strategy for the ratification and subsequently for the implementation of the Convention. 

    The increased number of ratifications and the improved ability of Parties to meet their obligations as submitting import responses and notifications for final regulatory actions to ban and restrict chemicals taken at national level, were considered indicators of success.

Partners in the regional delivery of technical assistance (2005-2006)
    The Secretariat started a fruitful collaboration with different partners seeking their support and participation in the regional delivery of the technical assistance activities as the Regional Offices of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Basel Convention centres and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

    Other sub-regional entities started to be actively involved in technical assistance activities as the Sahelian Pesticides Committee (CSP) established under the Permanent Inter-State Committee on Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), whose members has established a working group on multilateral environmental agreements which now meets annually.
 



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