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New online course on chairing BRS meetings
The online course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of government officials, so that they can effectively chair and negotiate at various types of meetings across the three Conventions.

New online course on chairing BRS meetings

New online course on chairing BRS meetings
 
BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences
The joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS COPs) takes place from 18 to 19 January 2023, in Geneve, Switzerland, addressing issues such as the theme and overall organization of the 2023 BRS COPs.

BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences

BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences
 
2023 BRS COPs Presidents meet in Geneva
The preparatory meeting with the Presidents took place on 17 January 2023, one day ahead of the joint meeting of the bureaux to the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

2023 BRS COPs Presidents meet in Geneva

2023 BRS COPs Presidents meet in Geneva
 
Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
All side events will be held during lunch breaks and in the evenings. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2023.

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!
The newsletter is issued by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on a monthly basis.

January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!

January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!
 
Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!
Participants were invited to share anecdotes of cherished electric and electronic devices they should have disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!

Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!
 
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!
 
Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies
The workshop will take place in Lagos, Nigeria, from 31 January to 2 February 2023. It is hosted by the Basel Coordinating Centre in Nigeria, with the support of the BRS Secretariat and the UN Environment and OCHA Joint Environment Unit.

Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies

Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies
 
Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed
Enforced by the Basel Convention and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the DEMETER operations have been taking place since 2009, with the aim of tackling transboundary trafficking in waste and ozone depleting substances, through the enhanced cooperation between custom...

Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed

Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed
 
2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training
Published on an annual basis, the report provides UN system-wide and entity-level data on environmental impact areas (greenhouse gas emissions, climate neutrality, waste, air pollution, water and wastewater, biodiversity) and management functions (environmental governance, procurement, human resourc...

2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training

2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training

Highlighting the environmental impact of over 307,000 personnel in 53 reporting UN entities, the Greening the Blue Report 2022 was published on 14 December 2022.

United Nations (UN) System entities have received the message: we need to implement an environmental management system (EMS) by 2025. Greening the Blue 2022 examines the UN System’s environmental footprint using 2021 data, and indicates how UN entities are ramping up their efforts to meet the 2025 EMS deadline.

In comparison to 2020, double the number of UN entities have met EMS requirements in 2021. Moreover, a 2% increase was observed in entities approaching requirements from 2020 to 2021. In total, 33% of UN entitles have already met or approached the 2025 target.

The annual Greening the Blue report provides UN system-wide and entity-level data on environmental impact areas (greenhouse gas emissions, climate neutrality, waste, air pollution, water and wastewater, biodiversity) and management functions (environmental governance, procurement, human resources) identified in the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations System 2020-2030, Phase I: Environmental Sustainability in the Area of Management (Sustainability Strategy I). The Sustainability Strategy I acknowledges the importance of EMS as a vital mechanism for achieving all other indicators of environmental sustainability, and has therefore established a separate targeted deadline for implementing it. The rest of the indicators have a targeted deadline of implementation for 2030.

Environmental management is integrated with existing UN capacity-building and accountability frameworks. This objective is supported by the commitment to increase understanding and skills among UN personnel, so they can “walk the talk”. Capacity-building, therefore, plays a critical role in transitioning operations and management for a more sustainable UN, which is why the Sustainability Strategy indicates that each entity should deliver environmental training to personnel.

Between 2020 and 2021, there was a 6% increase in entities providing voluntary training and a 9% increase in entities making training mandatory for all personnel. In 2021, a total 46% of entities had made environmental training available for staff.

BRS Secretariat performance

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) is currently developing an EMS, taking into account the experience of other Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the UN Environment Programme as a whole.  That being the case, completing the Greening the Blue tutorial has become mandatory for all BRS personnel.

In 2021, the operations of the BRS Secretariat and facilities emitted 53 tonnes of CO2eq in total or 0.8 tonnes CO2eq per capita, which is below the UN average of 4.1 tCO2eq per capita. Breaking down these emissions by source, 74% derived from air travel, 2% came from other travel, and the remaining 27% came from operating the BRS Secretariat facilities. The Secretariat is also pleased to announce its climate neutrality for the 9th year in a row, meaning that it offsets 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions. All of the above data and much more is available here.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

For more information on the methodologies and data collection used, please visit greeningtheblue.org/methodology.

For more information on the methodology related to travel emissions provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, please visit the ICAO website.

For information on climate neutrality, please visit the UNFCCC website

For more information on the BRS Secretariat performance, please contact:
BRS Secretariat Programme Officer Marylene Beau, marylene.beau@un.org
BRS Secretariat Programme Officer Giovana Chiodi Moire, giovanna.chiodi@un.org

For media enquiries, please contact :
BRS Secretariat Associate Public Information Officer, Marisofi Giannouli, marisofi.giannouli@un.org

International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions launches the Plastic Waste on the Peak storymap to raise awareness of plastic pollution in remote and mountainous areas.

International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?

International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?
 
Read it - Play it - Own it
The #PlasticIsForever social media challenge has been launched on Tik Tok. Share your score with us to win a hard copy of the Plastic is Forever photography book.

Read it - Play it - Own it

Read it - Play it - Own it
 
Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
Representatives from 120 countries, industry and civil society meet under the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership in Uruguay, ahead of the inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America

Representatives from 120 countries, industry and civil society meet under the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership in Uruguay, ahead of the inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

From 23 to 25 November 2022, the members of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership (PWP) convened in Punta del Este, Uruguay, to discuss plastic waste prevention, elimination of hazardous constituents in plastic products, trade control of plastic waste, promotion of the environmentally sound collection, separation and recycling of plastic waste, and to plan the PWP’s work for the 2024-25 biennium.

“I was delighted to see that the PWP’s membership keeps growing, we are now up to 265 representatives from over 120 government, industry and civil society entities from around the world, all dedicated to successfully tackling the plastic waste crisis,” noted in his opening remarks the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, Rolph Payet.

Established under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal in 2019, the PWP aims to significantly reduce and ultimately eliminate the discharge of plastic waste and microplastics into the environment – particularly, in marine ecosystems. To that end, PWP members work to foster best practice solutions for the environmentally sound management of plastic waste by building on the existing body of knowledge at the local, regional and global levels.

One of the flagships of the PWP is its pilot project programme, through which 23 projects in 22 countries have so far been selected for implementation.  The new round of proposals will seek to include pilot projects with a regional focus.

“Following this year’s second call for proposals, we are evaluating over 100 projects in countries where the need for action is greatest. We expect this round of to focus on innovative projects that both scalable and replicable in other country settings,” said the PWP Working Group Co-chair, Ross Bartley, from the Bureau of International Recycling.

On the occasion of the third PWP meeting, the BRS Secretariat launched the digital version of a photography book, featuring the finalist entries of the PWP’s Plastic is Forever (so it’s time to get clever about managing it) photo competition. People from all around the world entered the competition to share images depicting how plastic pollution is affecting their daily lives. All photographs were previously displayed in photo exhibitions held in Geneva and online, on the UN Exhibits website. The three competition winners were announced in June 2022 during the Plastics Forum, held in the margins of the 2021/2022 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the BRS Conventions.

Following the third PWP meeting, delegates from around the world gather for the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. The INC meeting takes place in Punta del Este, from 28 November to 2 December, after the adoption of the relevant historic resolution during resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. With the ambition of completing negotiations by end of 2024, the INC will consider how to promote sustainable production and consumption of plastics from product design to environmentally sound waste management, through resource efficiency and circular economy approaches.

The BRS Secretariat is participating in the INC to closely cooperate and coordinate with the United Nations Environment Programme. Through the Plastic Waste Amendments, the Basel Convention is currently the only international treaty to legally bind countries to minimise the generation of plastics wastes, strictly control their transboundary movements, and ensure their environmentally sound management. In addition, the Stockholm Convention controls several hazardous chemicals used in plastics, and requires countries to manage waste with such chemicals in an environmentally sound manner. Thanks to support from Norway, the Secretariat is undertaking a study to map the global governance landscape of plastics and associated chemicals, and to identify governance gaps and complementarities with existing multilateral instruments. The study is set to provide possible considerations for the role of a new plastics instrument in regulating plastics and associated chemicals. The draft report is available for comments by 10 January 2023.

Looking to raise awareness among youth of the initiatives taken by the international community to curb and eliminate plastic waste pollution, the BRS Secretariat launched the Plastic is Forever Tik Tok challenge during the INC conference. Top players will be awarded a hard copy of the Plastic is Forever photography book.

The third meeting of the PWP working group was co-organised by the BRS Secretariat and the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre in Uruguay (BCCC-SCRC Uruguay), thanks to the generous support of the European Union and Norway.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) brings together the three leading multilateral environmental agreements that share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes
http://www.brsmeas.org/

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal aims to protect people and the environment from the negative effects of the environmentally unsound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes worldwide.
http://www.basel.int/

More information on the Plastic is Forever campaign is available below:
https://trello.com/b/6wO64kva/plastic-is-forever

For more information on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, contact: BRS Programme Officer, Susan Wingfield, susan.wingfield@un.org

For media inquiries, contact: BRS Associate Public Information Officer, Marisofi Giannouli, marisofi.giannouli@un.org

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The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
On the occasion of the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting in Uruguay, a digital version of a photography book has been launched, featuring the finalist entries of the Plastic is Forever competition.

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
 
2023 BRS COPs provisional agendas now available
Invitation letters to BRS COPs 2023 have been sent out to Parties.

2023 BRS COPs provisional agendas now available

2023 BRS COPs provisional agendas now available
 
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