08th March 2017 On Monday, 6 March 2017, Countries from the Asia Pacific Region will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, for the next 3 days, to prepare regional positions that will address the global agenda items to be deliberated during the meetings of the conferences of the parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 24 April – 5 May 2017. A working session on the Minamata Convention on Mercury will also be convened on 9-10 March 2017.
The Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions deals with global management of chemicals and hazardous waste.
The Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region for the BRS COPs, Mr Mohammed of the Kingdom of Jordan, in his opening remarks highlighted that the objective of this meeting is to consult each other in advance of the COPs. Consider meeting documents, discuss substantive matters, identify regional priorities and challenges, and facilitate the preparation of regional positions.
The meeting is being organized in close collaboration with the interim Secretariat to the Minamata Convention and will discuss relevant issues of common interest to the four Conventions. In addition, to organize a working session to address regional specific issues related to the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention i.e mercury added products, contaminated sites and so forth.
Tonga is a party member to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and is yet to accede to the Minamata Convention.
Tonga’s delegation is represented by Ms Lupe Matoto, Director of Environment and Ms Mafile’o Masi, Chief Environmentalist of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC).
Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications