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National And Sub-regional Meetings (2009-2011)



1. Subregional training and awareness-raising meetings
2. National and subregional planning meetings
3. Thematic meetings - specific issue
4. Joint delivery with the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention
5. Fostering cooperation    

 


1. Subregional training and awareness-raising meetings:  

Training and awareness-raising meetings are proposed for Parties that experience difficulties in meeting their basic obligations under the Convention, in order that they might fully benefit from the Convention and its activities.
The meetings provide practical training on the Convention’s key operational elements and highlight opportunities for an integrated approach to implementation, along with relevant international activities such as the Stockholm and Basel conventions and SAICM.

They include among others training in the use of notifications of final regulatory action, the use of decision guidance documents and import responses, a review and completion of the incident report form for severely hazardous pesticide formulations and they provide an opportunity for countries to share experiences.
A total of 4 sub regional meetings with 5 countries each will be considered looking at a number of 25 participants for each workshop.  

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2. National and subregional planning meetings:  

A curriculum has been developed for meetings at the national and subregional levels to assist Parties in developing national action plans or strategies for the implementation of the Convention.
These plans and strategies define what needs to be done, by whom and when. They also serve to identify priorities for action and are a basis on which countries can develop requests for specific technical assistance activities.

National focal points for the Basel and Stockholm conventions and SAICM will participate in the meetings in order to promote an integrated approach to chemicals management at the national level. A total of 6 national meetings, 6 sub-regional meetings and 24 national follow-up meetings are planned. 

 

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3. Thematic meetings - Specific issues:  

a) Trade-related issues:
These are national training sessions focused on exporting countries and their export obligations. Up to 2 national trade meetings will be convened. Further 2 trade partner meetings involving 4 key trade partners of the exporting country.  

b) Severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF):
Activities focus on the development of monitoring programmes on severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF) and builds on the collaboration with the Pesticide Action Network in 2007-2008.  In total 4 monitoring progress meetings on SHPF and 4 programmes on SHPFs will be arranged.  

c) Resource mobilization:
A series of subregional meetings will be convened to assist countries to facilitate improved access to financial and other resources for cross-cutting issues relating to foundational chemicals management. These meetings will be held in cooperation with the Stockholm Convention. Up to 4 subregional meetings on project proposal development are foreseen in cooperation with Basel and Stockholm Conventions.    
 
d) Preparation of notifications of final regulatory action (FRA):
These activities are intended to build the capacity of developing country Parties to prepare and submit complete notifications of final regulatory action that pass the scrutiny of the Chemical Review Committee. A total of 3 subregional meetings to support the preparation of notifications, each including 3 countries and 15 participants, will be convened.  

e) Review chemicals listings under the Convention:
This programme has been developed for Parties who wish to review their chemicals listings under the Convention and to maximize their benefits at the national level. A total of 3 meetings will be convened, each including 10 countries and 20 participants.    

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4. Joint delivery with the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention:  

a) Public awareness meetings:
The activities address the specific issue of public awareness; meetings will focus on health and environment issues relevant to the chemicals covered by the two conventions, stressing the life-cycle approach and involving a broader audience, i.e., the public and private sectors. Up to 4 meetings, each including 5 countries are foreseen.  

b) Customs training activities:
In addition to the continuing work that the secretariats undertake within the overall context of the Green Customs initiative, the Secretariat envisages working with the Stockholm Convention and WCO in providing support to Parties on facilitating the implementation of Harmonized System codes. In addition, cooperative or collaborative activities with Customs officials through the Green Customs initiative, the secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements and other relevant organizations will continue through 2009–2011. Up to 4 meetings each including 5 countries are foreseen.  

c) Clearing-house mechanism:
A clearing-house mechanism for the Convention –that considers actual and future possibilities for linking to both the Stockholm and Basel Convention’s systems of information exchange and Clearing House Mechanisms - will be established to provide specific support to Parties on increasing access to the PIC database and other relevant information resources available to Parties. Particular stress will be laid on ways to reduce some Parties’ technical and logistical constraints in gaining access to the online information. Four meetings are foreseen each including 5 countries.  

d) Joint legal support:
Joint activities with the Stockholm Convention will focus on providing legal support and information to Parties to facilitate national implementation of both Conventions. Up to four meetings in this area are envisaged, each including 5 countries.    

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5. Fostering regional cooperation:  

a) Fostering cooperation among designated national authorities (DNAs): Meetings between designated national authorities in a subregion provide an opportunity for them to review progress in the implementation of the Convention, identify common problems and share experience in finding solutions. Up to 8 subregional meetings for DNAs are foreseen each including 10 countries and 25 participants.  

b) Regional and subregional meetings of designated national authorities (DNAs) and focal points of the Stockholm Convention:
To promote integrated implementation of the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions at the national level, a series of regional and subregional meetings between DNAs and Stockholm Convention focal points are envisaged. In total 4 subregional meetings are foreseen, each including 10 countries and 25 participants.  

c) Cooperation with SAICM, the Stockholm Convention and the Basel and the Rotterdam:
To further enhance coherence and promote synergies within the chemicals and waste cluster and among the chemicals Conventions, meetings will be convened back-to-back with meetings of SAICM and the Basel and Stockholm conventions in the regions. Whenever possible, the Secretariat will seek opportunities to participate in the 10 planned regional meetings for the triennium 2009–2011.

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