SME Times News Bureau | 16 May, 2019
The joint meetings of three conventions on
chemicals and waste that is the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP) to Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary
Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (COP 14) was held recently.
the above, the ninth meeting of the COP to Rotterdam Convention on the
Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides
in International Trade and the ninth meeting of the COP to Stockholm
Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants were also held.
The theme of the meetings this year was “Clean
Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.
An Indian delegation of Ministry of Environment,
Forest and Climate Change, and comprising other ministries such as Agriculture,
Chemicals, and Electronics and Information Technology participated in the
meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 April to 10 May 2019.
In Basel Convention, two important issues were
discussed and decided, i.e. technical guidelines on e-waste and inclusion of
plastic waste in the PIC procedure.
The draft technical guidelines stipulated the
conditions when used electrical and electronic equipment destined for direct
reuse, repair, refurbishment or failure analysis should be considered as
India had major reservations regarding these
provisions as in the name of re-use, repair, refurbishment and failure analysis
there was a possibility of dumping from the developed world to the developing
countries including India in view of the growing consumption of electronic
equipment and waste across the world.
The Indian delegation strongly objected the
proposed decision on these guidelines during plenary and did not allow it to be
passed by the conference of the parties (COP).
Many rounds of multilateral and bilateral
negotiations happened under the aegis of the Convention Secretariat in order to
India’s concerns which were supported by a large
number of other developing countries. On the final day of the COP, a modified
decision was adopted in which all the concerns raised by India were