Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.
Highlights: The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-11), the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-6), the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-6) and the second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three conferences of the parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs-2) were held back-to-back from 28 April to 10 May 2013, in Geneva.
The meetings, attended by about 1,400 participants from 170 countries, as well as 80 Ministers, adopted 73 separate decisions aimed at strengthening protection against hazardous chemicals and waste.
The objectives of holding the meetings in a coordinated manner were to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the conventions, promote a more effective and coherent decision-making on policy and enhance efficiency in the provision of support to parties, with a view to enhancing the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels.
An omnibus decision was adopted on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the conventions. Some of the main outcomes of the decision include the review of the impact of the synergies arrangements put in place by governments in 2009, the endorsement of the organization of the Secretariat and the adoption of new joint activities for 2014-2015.