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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2018/19 is now available on the BRS websites.

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

 

 

The second round of applications is now open for 4 months. The deadline for all applications to be submitted to the Special Programme secretariat is Wednesday 20th June 2017 at midnight.

Call for 2nd round of applications in the context of the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening

 

The report of the first meeting of the new informal Basel Convention partnership on household waste, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 2 to 4 August 2016, is now available online.

Report now online from Montevideo meeting on household waste

Report now online from Montevideo meeting on household waste
 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

On 2 December 2015, during the United Nations Oath of Office ceremony at the Palais des Nation, the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat (BRS) handed over to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General, the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge. 

The Geneva Gender Parity Pledge aims to strive for gender parity in all discussions in International Geneva and in panels where BRS staff is involved. Further, the Secretariat commits to provide gender training sessions for its staff members to enable them to liaise with other United Nations colleagues and to beacon gender aspects; to include gender related sessions in the agenda of workshops organized by the BRS Secretariat to further strengthen the mainstreaming of gender equality in projects and programmes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; and to update the BRS Gender Action Plan on a yearly basis.

Contact: Matthias Kern at matthias.kern@brsmeas.org and Tatiana Terekhovap at tatiana.terekhovap@brsmeas.org

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science

Three-quarters of the BRS Science and Technical Assistance Branch are female, adding their voices to the international day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science
 
BRS Secretariat contributes to Second Conference of Parties to the Bamako Convention

BRS Secretariat contributes to Second Conference of Parties to the Bamako Convention

BRS participates at the Bamako Convention COP-2, 30 January to 2 February in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing African nations together for a Pollution-Free Africa.

BRS Secretariat contributes to Second Conference of Parties to the Bamako Convention

BRS Secretariat contributes to Second Conference of Parties to the Bamako Convention
 
Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic

Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic

As a timely expression of the international day of Women-in-Science on 11 February, 19 out of 22 participants at this key CRC/POPRC joint workshop are female.

Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic

Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic
 
New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic

New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic

Plastic marine litter, POPs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals among chemicals of emerging Arctic concern according to Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme report.

New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic

New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic
 
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Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment

Apply by 6 February 2018 to assist the Basel Convention Secretariat tackle the problem of marine litter and micro-plastics pollution.

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
 
In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention

Read about the BRS Regional Centre in Barcelona, Spain, as our regional series highlights the Mediterranean.

In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention

In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention
 
Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment

Online tools define and promote the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes.

Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment

Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment
 
Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

Interested in sound management of chemicals and wastes? Write to us at brs@brsmeas.org to receive the latest @UN #Detox news into your inbox every month.

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

 

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”

The BRS film, made together with partners WECF and WEP and premiered at UNEA-3 in Nairobi last month, is screened on Nigerian International TV (NTA) on Monday 15th January at 1730 local time.

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”
 
Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

A Happy New Year to all Parties, partners, stakeholders and donors from the BRS Secretariat.

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat
BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

Whilst key resolutions were adopted at the UN Environment Assembly yesterday in Nairobi on marine litter, air and soil pollution, and environment & health, BRS staff took to social media to show their support.

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
 
Gender in the spotlight at UNEA-3

A film premiere in Nairobi on the margins of UNEA-3 will focus on gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Gender in the spotlight at UNEA-3

Gender in the spotlight at UNEA-3
 
Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online

If you were not in Nairobi and could not watch it live, you can now view the recording to hear all about new innovations, interventions, questions, and discussions.

Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online

Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online

If you were not in Nairobi and could not watch it live, you can now view the recording to hear all about new innovations, interventions, questions, and discussions.

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Annual Joint Regional Centres meeting - October 31-November 2, 2016
BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer

During an intensive period at UN Environment HQ in Nairobi, the BRS Secretariat has organised a side event together with the governments of Germany, Mauritius and Uruguay.

BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer

BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer

The third session of the Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) will be an important event for the global community to declare strengthened political commitment for beating pollution and to provide directions and innovative solutions to achieve a pollution-free planet.

The theme and agenda of UNEA-3 speaks directly to the core objectives of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. All three conventions share the aim at protecting human health and the environment from toxic and hazardous substances and wastes.

The BRS Secretariat will take part as an observer in UNEA-3 and provide information on decisions and ongoing work under the conventions that are relevant to the meeting’s deliberations.

To that effect, the Secretariat submitted to UNEA-3 the following background notes on the work of the conventions as it relates to the draft resolutions being considered:

More information about the BRS conventions’ contribution toward tackling pollution can be found at the BRS booth and during the following UNEA-3 events:

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