The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions are science-based, legally binding global treaties aimed at the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes. At the meetings of the conferences of the parties to these conventions, delegates of countries meet to take policy decisions covering, among other things, further measures on management of hazardous chemicals and wastes within their scope. Scientific assessments underpin and inform the decisions made by the Conferences of the Parties (COPs). These assessments are undertaken through rigorous review of scientific data by experts in the technical and scientific bodies of the conventions such as the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC), Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).
“From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow” was the theme of the 2015 conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to highlight the importance of the science-policy interface for the effectiveness of the conventions. The Secretariat organized a science fair in the margins of the meetings of the 2015 conferences of the parties.
The Secretariat also presented its approach for mainstreaming science in the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions” to the conferences of the parties in its note. Subsequently, the conferences of the parties, adopted decisions BC-12/22, RC-7/12 and SC-7/30 entitled “From science to action”. The Secretariat was requested to develop and present to the conferences of the parties at their meetings in 2017 a road map for further engaging parties and other stakeholders in an informed dialogue for enhanced science-based action in the implementation of the conventions at the regional and national levels, taking into account the roles of the scientific bodies of the conventions.