Noumea Convention COP 10 Report Released

17 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has published the report of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Noumea Convention, which was held on 2 September 2010, in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

At the opening of the meeting, the Director of SPREP, David Sheppard, highlighted that the key issue was the possible amendments to the Noumea Convention, stressing the importance of speeding up the ratification process via a proposed “tacit approval” procedure. Sheppard also underscored the need for more effective coastal zone management planning and enhanced implementation of the two Protocols under the Convention relating to sea dumping and oil pollution through strengthened partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

According to the report, the parties adopted the core budget and agreed on contributions for the biennium 2011‐2012, but could not agree on the Secretariat's proposal to amend the Noumea Convention with a view to updating its terminology and speeding up the ratification processes. The representative of the Cook Islands expressed need for assistance in the long term with environmental impact assessments for seabed mining projects. [SPREP press release][The report]