Conferences' presidents Franz Perrez, Magdalena Balicka and Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez will inaugurate the Regional Fair dedicated to ‘Synergies through regional delivery’ on Wednesday evening, 1 May, kicking off three days of activities of the theme at the 2013 COPs.
The Fair's inaugural ceremony will take place on 1 May at 6:15 p.m. in the CICG exhibition area.
The main aim of the Regional Fair is to enhance the relation between the regional centres, donors and countries served by the centres, highlight the capacity building activities and projects of the regional centres and demonstrate what expertise, capacities the regional centres have which could be mobilized to assist Parties in the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
Immediately after the opening ceremony, the Regional Fair Roundtable will be held to explore synergies through regional delivery. Panelists will be invited to discuss any barriers to permitting regional centres to serve parties in implementing all three convention; opportunities for enhancing cooperation between centres and with regional offices of UNEP and FAO; and how to secure long-term financing and support for achieving the 2020 goal of sound management of chemicals and wastes.
The Panelists for the Roundtable are:
- Ms. Jill Hanna, European Commission;
- Ms. Fiorella Leon, Peru;
- Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for the African Region;
- Dr. Jinhui Li, Executive Director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Stockholm Regional Centre in China;
- Mr. Ibrahim Sow, Secretariat of the Global Environment Facility.
Ms. Maria Cristina Cardenas, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, will introduce the topic for discussion; and Mr. Michael Jones, Secretariat, will moderate the panel.
The Regional Fair will conclude with an awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on 3 May.
The tentative schedule of side events includes further information on Regional Fair side events.
Download the Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional Centres and FAO, UNEP regional offices brochure.
Download the Regional Fair Programme