Three international conventions address issues related to chemicals and hazardous waste at the global level: the Stockholm Convention seeks to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants; the Rotterdam Convention supports information exchange on hazardous chemicals and ensures that trade in certain hazardous chemicals only occurs with countries’ prior informed consent; and the Basel Convention controls the international movement and disposal of hazardous wastes. To build synergies between these conventions, the meetings of the governing bodies of each will be held back-to-back in Geneva from 4 to 15 May, 2015. The “triple COPs” (Conference of Parties) will be kicked off by a joint session of the governing bodies of all three conventions. This joint session will address areas of common interest such as technical assistance, international cooperation and non-compliance.
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