At its fourth session (October, 2008), in Rome, Italy, the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention urged the Convention Secretariat to continue its longstanding cooperation with UNITAR on capacity building and training to assist countries with implementing the Convention. Subsequently, in December, 2008, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between UNITAR and the Convention Secretariat to facilitate such cooperation. Planning for joint activities will commence in March, 2009.
At its second session, the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention agreed to support a joint pilot project between the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention and UNITAR for the development of national plans for implementation of the Convention. Starting in April 2006 and with funding from the Government of Switzerland, UNITAR initiated support for five pilot countries in developing national plans for the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.

UNITAR side-event on "Development of guidance to assist countries to identify elements of a national action plan or strategy for the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention", Rotterdam Convention COP-4

On Tuesday evening, 28 October 2008, a side-event took place at COP-4 of the Rotterdam Convention, led by UNITAR and the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, with support from the Government of Switzerland. During this side-event, experiences and lessons learned in the six pilot countries that have received training to-date were shared, and an overview of the guidance that was developed has been presented. For more information please click here. For the UNITAR presentation please click here.