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New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention
Mr Rémi Nono Womdim, Deputy Director of the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO, has been appointed as Executive Secretary (FAO) of the Rotterdam Convention, effective 15 February 2020.
Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
Now available online: Overview of concept notes for voluntary contributions for implementing the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions, as approved by COPs in 2019.
BRS Secretariat urges sound management of medical and household waste as part of COVID-19 response
Read the Secretariat’s Press Release on the need to prioritise waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings
Governments, industry, civil society and UN join forces to beat plastic waste pollution
The first meeting of the Basel Convention’s new Plastic Waste Partnership concluded successfully in Seychelles, 5 March 2020. Read the outcomes summarised in the BRS Press Release.
Feedback sought from Parties concerning technical assistance needs, deadline 31 March 2020
Questionnaires have been distributed to Parties in order to gauge technical assistance needs and gather offers of technology transfer, to assist implementation of the three conventions.
New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution
Photographs are invited from professionals, amateurs and children, and will be judged by a panel including a National Geographic photographer. Deadline for submission: 30 September 2020.
Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism
BRS information platforms expanded to include new portal sharing publications, events and contacts from the network of regional centres, starting with the Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre for Francophone Africa in Dakar, Senegal, as the first new information source and publisher.
85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council addresses children’s rights to a healthy environment, as UN report shows that 25% of infant deaths are from preventable, environmental hazards.
UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!
See Inger Andersen (UNEP), Rolph Payet (BRS), Malcom Johnson (ITU) and Maria Neira (WHO) talk about the newly-launched E-waste Massive Open Online Course.
Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
The BRS Secretariat and partners’ Massive Open Online Course on electronic, or e-waste, is a unique opportunity to learn how you can become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
Two webinars open the updated and expanded Massive Open Online Course - or MOOC – on E-waste.
BRS Secretariat supports the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
Less than a year after its establishment, the new Plastic Waste Partnership of the Basel Convention meets for the first time at Beau Vallon, the Seychelles, from 2 to 5 March 2020.
BRS Secretariat staff recognised by the United Nations for long service
Eight BRS staff are awarded UN Long Service Awards, ranging from 10 to 25 years, at a ceremony in Geneva.
All three Final Reports of the 2019 Triple COPs now available
Final Reports of the meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions are now online in all 6 UN languages.
Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184
The Convention will enter into force for Equatorial Guinea on 23 March 2020.
Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution
Month-long operation “30 Days at Sea 2.0” involves more than 200 enforcement agencies and detects more than 3,000 serious offences – land-based and maritime - across 61 countries
BRS workshop builds negotiating skills within West African governments to enhance implementation of the 3 conventions
Government officials from francophone and anglophone countries gather in Dakar, Senegal, 4 to 6 February 2020, with funding generously provided by the European Union, Australia and Germany.
50th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 50th time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
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