FPA Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan attended the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-14), the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-9) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 29- May 10, 2019.
The theme of the meetings is “Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”. The meetings included joint sessions covering matters of relevance to at least two conventions and separate sessions of the meetings of each of the three COPs.
The conference discussed issues concerning the control of environmental pollutants like microplastics, waste materials, and among others. In addition to the Convention’s Toolkit on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Wastes, member-countries agreed to develop technical guidelines on e-wastes as well as persistent organic pollutants wastes, burning on land and specifically-engineered landfills.
Specifically, Dir. Roldan presented the country’s stand on the inclusion of Carbosulfan for severely hazardous pesticide under Annex III of the Basel Convention. This would mean that the pesticide chemical needs to undergo prior informed consent procedure in international trade.
Banning of domestic wastes
On April 24, FPA forwarded its expression of support to the Ratification of the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention to the Department of Foreign Affairs- Office of United Nations and International Organizations (DFA-OUNIO).
The said amendment is an Indonesian-Swiss Initiative which aims to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention. It proposes the movement prohibiting developed countries from transporting their garbage or hazardous wastes to developing countries like the Philippines.
FPA recommends that hazardous wastes coming from fertilizer and pesticide (f/p) products should be covered in the proposed amendments of the Basel Convention since these are detrimental to human health and the environment.
Dir. Roldan said that this is a part of the actions in promoting proper waste disposal of used f/p containers and products by industry stakeholders.