Strengthening synergies in the international chemicals and waste regime

Since 2010, at the instigation of Switzerland in particular, the three conventions (Stockholm, Rotterdam and Basel Convention) have benefited from shared management and secretariat. This merger, which is aimed at intensifying coordination and cooperation in relation to chemicals and toxic waste, represents a pioneering development in the field of environmental governance.

Three conventions have been established that regulate chemicals and hazardous waste at global level :

  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP);
  • Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC);
  • Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.

The process - co-initiated by Switzerland - of improving coordination and cooperation between the three Conventions in the chemicals and waste cluster has now reached the stage of implementation and further development. The first simultaneous extraordinary Conference of the Parties to all three Conventions took place at the beginning of 2010 and the second in 2013. Another milestone in this process is the establishment of a joint management structure for the three secretariats and the joint service branches, together with the coordinated organisation of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Switzerland will continue to support the process of strengthening synergies between the three Conventions and in the international chemicals and waste management regime, for example by integrating the new Mercury Convention in this process.

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