2014年6月17-18日，亚太中心执行主任李金惠教授和赵娜娜女士参加了在萨摩亚首都阿皮亚召开的《禁止向太平洋论坛岛国进口危险和放射性废物和控制危险废物在南太平洋区域内越境转移和管理的瓦伊加尼公约》科技委员会第四次会议（STAC-4），和联合履行巴塞尔公约和瓦伊加尼公约太平洋地区培训和技术转让太平洋区域中心指导委员会第二次会议（SCPRC-2）。太平洋地区环境计划秘书处（Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme，SPREP）对此进行了报道。
Closer ties across the Pacific to manage hazardous waste
Above: Professor Jinhui Li and Ms. Nana Zhao – Basel Convention Regional Centre, Bejing China
The two meetings were attended by the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. For the first time, representatives from the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Bejing, China were also in attendance as observers.
"We were really pleased to host our colleagues from China, as this was an indication of the strong support being provided by the China Basel centre to help improve the implementation of the hazardous waste conventions in the Pacific region," said Dr. David Haynes, Director of the Pacific Basel Centre and of the Waste Management and Pollution Control Division at SPREP.
The meetings deliberated on a number of major issues, including plans to increase effectiveness in implementing the Waigani Convention across the region via approval of the 2014 – 2015 Business Plan for the Pacific Regional Centre.
Above: Group photo of meeting participants
"The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee meetings for the Pacific Regional Centre are excellent mechanisms for Pacific islands to highlight their national hazardous waste management priorities and advocate for them to be acted through the Basel and Waigani Conventions".
The outcomes of these committee meetings will be submitted to the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Waigani Convention in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands in September, this year.