2013 Review of arrangements

Review of the synergies arrangements by the Conferences of the Parties in 2013

The review of the synergies arrangements was considered by the ordinary and simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions held in 2013, at what time three substantively identical omnibus decisions on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the three conventions (BC.Ex-2/1, RC.Ex-2/1 and SC.Ex-2/1) were adopted. In section I of the decision, each Conference of the Parties, among other things:

  • Requests the Executive Secretary and invites parties, UNEP, the FAO and other stakeholders to implement the recommendations set out in annex I to the decision;
  • Decides to undertake a further review of the synergies arrangements, which should be based on an independent assessment of the implementation and impact of the joint activities and joint managerial functions, including joint services, at all levels, and presented as a report for consideration by the conferences of the parties at their meetings in 2017; and 
  • Requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with UNEP and the FAO and in consultation with parties, to prepare options for the review referred to in the preceding paragraph and its methodology, including draft terms of reference, for consideration by the conferences of the parties at their meetings in 2015.

Background

By decisions BC.Ex-1/1RC.Ex-1/1 and SC.Ex-1/1 (the “omnibus decisions”) , the respective Conferences of the Parties decided that the 2013 review of arrangements would focus on how far the arrangements adopted pursuant to the synergies decisions, in particular on joint activitiesjoint managerial functions and joint services, have contributed to achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthening the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels; 
  • Promoting coherent policy guidance; 
  • Reducing administrative burden; 
  • Maximizing the effective and efficient use of resources at all levels; 
  • Taking into account global concerns and the specific needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition; and 
  • Protecting human health and the environment for the promotion of sustainable development.

In their omnibus decisions, the respective Conferences of the Parties also decided that the review would take place on the basis of two reports: a report by the Secretariats and a report by the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in consultation with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through a joint endeavour of their respective evaluation units. Terms of reference for the development of the two reports were adopted by the respective Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in their decisions BC-10/29RC-5/12 and SC-5/27 on Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Annex IV to these decisions set out detailed terms of reference for the preparation of the Secretariats’ report for the purpose of the above mentioned review. In line with the terms of reference, a questionnaire was to be sent to all Parties to request information, comments and recommendations. Annex V to these decisions sets out the terms of reference for the preparation of the UNEP and FAO report. The terms of reference of the UNEP and FAO review also make provision for the use of questionnaires to gather data from a broad range of stakeholders and calls for the preparation of a consolidated and comprehensive survey instrument that will meet the needs of both the UNEP and FAO review efforts and those of the Secretariat.

Parties’ and stakeholders’ views on the synergies arrangements

 

  A questionnaire  developed jointly by the Secretariats and the UNEO and FAO was sent to parties and other stakeholders in May 2012. Part A of the questionnaire was the Secretariats’ questionnaire, while part B the UNEP and FAO questionnaire. The questionnaire covered the period from May 2009 to August 2012. The Synergies Process section of this website provides background information aiming to assist Parties in the completion of the questionnaire.

As of 31 October 2012, the following 23 parties had submitted responses to the Secretariat’s questionnaire through the electronic system: Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Italy, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay. With regards to the UNEP and FAO questionnaire, the following 18 Parties had completed it: Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Italy, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay. In addition two Parties, namely Germany and Cyprus, had transmitted responses to both questionnaires not using the electronic format. Finally, Mexico also submitted an additional set of comments following the release of the reports on the review of the synergies arrangements.

Based on the responses received, the Secretariat has prepared two documents:

  • compilation of responses received from Parties to the secretariat and the UNEP and FAO questionnaire, which includes the information, comments and recommendations made by Parties at the end of each part of the questionnaire on, respectively, joint activities, joint services and joint managerial functions. 
  • A document presenting graphic illustrations of the responses received from Parties to each question of the Secretariat’s part of the questionnaire on the review of the synergies arrangements

The Secretariat’s report on the review of the synergies arrangements and the UNEP and FAO report on the review of the synergies arrangements were finalized in February 2013 and were considered by the ordinary and simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions held in 2013.

 

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Comments from Germany - Annexes  Download 

 
Document SymbolTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
BC-IX/10Cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions116,5 K 1,77 MB 113 K 233,15 K 92 K 100,34 K 119,5 K 149,01 K 112,5 K 151,34 K 94 K 43,79 K

 
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RC-4/11Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions96 K 1,84 MB 83 K 246,83 K 75,5 K 45,37 K 97,5 K 57,99 K 102,5 K 152,61 K 87,5 K 55,42 K

 
Document SymbolTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
SC-4/34Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (synergies decision)96,5 K 1,79 MB 115,5 K 228,68 K 106 K 45,03 K 103,5 K 62,72 K 141,5 K 152,28 K 142 K 56,84 K

 

UN-number Title Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
BC-IX/10 Cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 
RC-4/11 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 
SC-4/34 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (synergies decision)  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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EXCOPS.1/3Joint managerial functions347,5 K 315,53 K 482,5 K 414,5 K 500,5 K 143,03 K 856,5 K 208,46 K 347 K 409,07 K 571,5 K 142,36 K

 
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BC.Ex-1/1Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention93,5 K 1,49 MB 87,5 K 228,1 K 78,5 K 47,78 K 83,5 K 130,5 K 79,5 K 145,16 K 76,5 K 86,03 K

 
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RC.Ex-1/1Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention90 K 1,49 MB 86 K 227,83 K 78 K 48,16 K 82 K 130,59 K 79,5 K 145,18 K 76 K 87,85 K

 
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SC.Ex-1/1Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention88,5 K 1,49 MB 85,5 K 228,48 K 78,5 K 47,21 K 81,5 K 130,5 K 79,5 K 145,18 K 76,5 K 86,3 K

 

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EXCOPS-1/1 Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention  
 
 
 
 
 
RC.Ex-1/1 Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention  
 
 
 
 
 
SC.Ex-1/1 Omnibus decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

UN-number Title Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
UNEP/CHW.10/27/Add.2 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (Joint managerial functions)  
 
 
 
 
 
UNEP/FAO/RC/COP.5/25/Add.2 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 
UNEP/POPS/COP.5/32/Add.2 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions - Addendum - Joint managerial functions  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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BC-10/29Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions453 K 2,84 MB 355 K 606,8 K 375,5 K 351,82 K 391 K 461,15 K 417 K 456,95 K 413,5 K 395,84 K

 
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RC-5/12Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions108,3 K 340,37 K 375 K 649,67 K 428,5 K 231,07 K 456,5 K 456,19 K 417 K 421,82 K 373,5 K 381,71 K

 
DecisionTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
SC-5/27Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions108,3 K 339,71 K 430 K 446,31 K 390,5 K 167,31 K 398 K 234,96 K 424,5 K 466,22 K 417 K 242,56 K

 

UN-number Title Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
BC-10/29 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 
RC-5/12 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 
SC-5/27 Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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EXCOPS.1/8Report of the simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions499,5 K 435,02 K 549 K 371,88 K 556,5 K 263,93 K 929,5 K 660,81 K 442,5 K 544,3 K 619 K 270,43 K

 
DecisionTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
BC-10/27BC-10/27: Programme budget for the biennium 2012–20131,07 MB 3,05 MB 775 K 826,55 K 891,5 K 574,58 K 897,5 K 649,7 K 983,5 K 525,45 K 916,5 K 584,39 K

 
DecisionTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
RC-5/14Financing and budget for the biennium 2012–2013171,46 K 476,51 K 729,5 K 657,48 K 990,5 K 185,22 K 970 K 182,48 K 772,5 K 439,57 K 981 K 221,62 K

 
DecisionTitleArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
SC-5/28Financing and budget for the biennium 2012–2013182,45 K 491,77 K 1,07 MB 423,71 K 932 K 114,01 K 1,29 MB 127,75 K 946,5 K 398,71 K 1,24 MB 326,68 K

 
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BC.Ex-2/1Omnibus decision on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions41,5 K 71,89 K 90,5 K 158,17 K 93,5 K 50,62 K 95 K 124,11 K 274,5 K 265,78 K 64,5 K 53,68 K

 
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UNEP/FAO/CHW/RC/POPS/EXCOPS.2/2/Add.2Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions: Proposal for the modification of the organization of the Basel Convention Secretariat, the Stockholm Convention Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat498,5 K 277,36 K 295 K 173,97 K 585,5 K 139,12 K 851 K 159,66 K 529,5 K 587,91 K 1,63 MB 68,56 K

 
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RC.Ex-2/1Omnibus decision on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions41,5 K 71,89 K 90,5 K 158,17 K 93,5 K 50,62 K 95 K 124,11 K 274,5 K 265,78 K 64,5 K 53,68 K

 
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SC.Ex-2/1Omnibus decision on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions41,5 K 71,89 K 90,5 K 158,17 K 93,5 K 50,62 K 95 K 124,11 K 274,5 K 265,78 K 64,5 K 53,68 K

 
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SC-6/30Financing and budget for the biennium 2014–20151,48 MB 369,31 K 1,24 MB 396,67 K 1,26 MB 247,2 K 1,09 MB 252,28 K 1,3 MB 378,83 K 1,12 MB 233,75 K

 
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RC-6/16Financing and budget for the biennium 2014–20151,55 MB 436,58 K 1,33 MB 403,7 K 1,24 MB 182,29 K 931 K 205,62 K 1,29 MB 466,08 K 1,15 MB 184,99 K

 
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BC-11/26Financing and budget for the biennium 2014–20151,54 MB 570,47 K 1,39 MB 463,1 K 1,28 MB 187,37 K 1,16 MB 239,82 K 1,41 MB 441,57 K 1,3 MB 231,17 K