Vietnamese CSO's Delegation to COP 2015
The meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions opened on May 4, 2015 at Geneva International Conference Center (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland.
There are two representatives of Vietnamese CSO's participating as observers of the Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) in the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
The conference takes place from May 4th-15th. The first two days (May 4th and 5th) aimed at solving the common problems of three conventions, including organizational, personnel, and financial issues. The next two days (May 6th and 7th) focuses on issues under the Stockholm Convention. One such issue that Vietnam is interested in included reducing and eliminating some harmful chemicals used in agriculture and the environment, such as DDT, polychlorinated Polychorinated, sulfonic acid peufluorooctane, etc. The next three days (May 8th, 9th and 11th) are for Basel Convention,, discussing the enforcement and cooperation of countries in controlling transboundary transport of chemicals and hazardous wastes. The 12th, 13th, and 14th of May focuses on the inclusion of 5 toxic chemicals, including white asbestos in the Annex III. On the last day, the general meeting will give the conclusions and plans for the next conference.
At the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP 6) in 2013, only 7 countries of the 154 members objected to the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in the Annex III- Vietnam is one of those countries. Therefore, there will be special international attention to Vietnam's opinion during the meeting days of the 12th to the 14th of May.
The objectives of Vietnamese CSO's to COP2015 are:
(1) To learn about the implementation of the three Conventions, the responsibilities of the parties, and Vietnam's participation thus far
(2) (2) To mobilize countries, including Vietnam, to adhere to the commitments, especially to the inclusion of 5 hazardous chemicals (including chrysotile asbestos) in the Annex III of Rotterdam Convention.
(3) (3) To express to the international community about Vietnam's transformation in compliance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization in banning the use of chrysotile asbestos and eliminating asbestos-related diseases.