From Science to Action

By decisions BC-12/22, RC-7/12 and SC-7/30, the conferences of the Parties requested the Secretariat 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 informed dialogue for enhanced science-based action in the implementation of the conventions at the regional and national levels., noting that the road map should consider.

The conferences of the Parties noted that the road map should consider:

  1. Exploring new activities within the mandates of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to enhance science-based action to implement the conventions;
  2. Addressing the gaps in access to scientific information and knowledge, the lack of capacity to provide scientific inputs to the various processes under the conventions and the need for scientific and technical advice in relation to the implementation of the conventions;
  3. Facilitating the exchange of scientific and technical information among parties and other stakeholders and promoting the understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of the three conventions;
  4. Possibilities for cooperation and coordination with the UNEP and other relevant organizations, scientific bodies and stakeholders.

At the 2017 meetings, the conferences of the Parties took note of the draft road map (UNEP/CHW.13/INF/50 - UNEP/FAO/RC/COP.8/INF/35 - UNEP/POPS/COP.8/INF/52) and requested the Secretariat to revise it, with a focus on enhancing science-based action at the national and regional levels, for consideration at the 2019 meetings.

The Secretariat prepared a revised draft road map with a focus on moving from multilateral dialogue to action at the national and regional levels while avoiding duplication and inconsistencies with existing mechanisms and taking into account the views expressed by Parties during the 2017 meetings. Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the revised draft road map, by 28 February 2018.