Conventions Operation Branch fact sheet

The Conventions Operation Branch is responsible for the overall management of the meetings of conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and those of their subsidiary bodies, which include the Open-ended Working Group and the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Basel Convention, the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, and the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention. 

In doing so, the Branch coordinates the organization, running and follow-up of the meetings, including the management of relevant documentation for the meetings. In addition, the Branch is responsible for conferences services, including management of travel arrangement for eligible meeting participants, meeting logistics, translation and editing services.

The Branch also provides legal services to the secretariat, both on corporate legal issues and on convention related operations, such as those related to compliance.

The Branch is responsible for the coordination of the secretariat’s international cooperation with multilateral environmental agreement secretariats, IGOs and NGOs.

The Branch is the lead for knowledge and information management, information technology, and public outreach and awareness .