NUKU’ALOFA-March 10: 1.57pm (ENVIRONMENT): Tonga is being represented at meetings being held in Thailand to discuss the management of hazardous waste and chemicals.
Tonga’s delegation is represented by Ms Lupe Matoto, Director of Environment and Ms Mafile’o Masi, Chief Environmentalist of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC).
On Monday, March 6, countries from the Asia Pacific Region convened in Bangkok, Thailandto prepare regional positions that will address the global agenda items to be deliberated during the meetings of the conferences of the parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, which will be held from April 24 to May 5, 2017.
A working session on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was also convened yesterday and continues today.
The Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions deals with global management of chemicals and hazardous waste.
The Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region for the BRS COPs, Mr Mohammed of the Kingdom of Jordan, in his opening remarks highlighted that the objective of this meeting is to consult each other in advance of the COPs. Consider meeting documents, discuss substantive matters, identify regional priorities and challenges, and facilitate the preparation of regional positions.
The meeting has being organized in close collaboration with the interim Secretariat to the Minamata Convention and will discuss relevant issues of common interest to the four Conventions. In addition, to organize a working session to address regional specific issues related to the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention i.e mercury added products, contaminated sites and so forth.
Tonga is a party member to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and is yet to accede to the Minamata Convention.