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New era for plastic waste management as governments agree landmark actions on chemicals and waste
The 2019 Triple COPs concluded successfully with a raft of decisions to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of chemicals and wastes, including plastic waste.
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 2019 COPs - Day 9
Watch the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions daily wrap video for highlights of Day 9 of the Conferences of the Parties.
Plastic Wastes: A World Problem
Plastic waste and especially marine plastic litter is an environmental problem occurring on a global scale today. The ubiquitous transboundary movement of plastic wastes and microplastics is becoming a major concern as their property of durability makes their particles remain for long period of time...
2019 Triple COPs open in Geneva: for a Clean Planet & Healthy People
Read the opening day BRS press release, outlining what to expect from the 2019 meetings of the conferences of parties to the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions.
Electronic waste on the agenda of global summit in Geneva, 8 to 12 April 2019
BRS co-hosts workshop with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on the circular economy, e-waste, and the SDGs during the 2019 World Summit on the Information Society.
1.6 million deaths could be prevented annually through the sound management of chemicals and waste
To mark World Health Day on 7th April, read the BRS Secretariat’s Press Release calling for greater action to prevent illness and death from unsound management of chemicals and waste.
Bring your own bottle to reduce the footprint of the 2019 Triple COPs – for a Clean Planet, Healthy People!
To reduce plastic waste at the meetings of the conferences of the Parties, arrangements have been made with the venue and catering service to minimize the use of plastic take-out containers, sandwich bags, cutlery and cups. Delegates are therefore invited to bring reusable drinking containers (mugs,...
Preventing Marine Litter: technical workshop in Barcelona pushes for environmentally sound management of plastic wastes
Experts converge on the Stockholm Regional Centre for the Mediterranean in Barcelona 3 to 6 April, to share and develop best practices on ESM of plastic waste, with thanks to Sweden for funding support.
Regional meetings in Brno and Montevideo continue Triple COPs preparations
With thanks to Norway and Switzerland for funding support, BRS regional preparatory meetings continue this week in Brno, Czech Republic and in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Statement of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Convention at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly
Nairobi, 15 March 2019 - Remarks on the occasion of the 4th meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly; delivered by Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
1989-2019: 30 years of the legally-binding Basel Convention
With 187 Parties, the Basel Convention has come a long way since adoption on 22 March 1989. Read the BRS Press Release marking this milestone.
Briefing on the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
The online briefings will provide Party representatives, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the issues that will be considered by the next meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to promote a "Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound ...
30 years of the Basel Convention celebrated by International Geneva
Switzerland, the BRS Secretariat, and the Geneva Environment Network, co-host a special event in the UN Palais des Nations, 22 March 2019 at 16:00, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention’s adoption.
BRS Technical Assistance: Draft monitoring and evaluation strategy published online
The strategy will be discussed at the forthcoming 2019 Triple COPs, to be held in Geneva from 29 April to 10 May under the theme “Clean Planet Healthy People”.
Regional preparations for Triple COPs continue with African meeting in Nairobi, Kenya
With thanks to Norway and Switzerland for funding support, African countries come together in Nairobi, 18 to 20 March, to prepare for the 2019 Triple COPs.
Read the Invisible News, which is proving popular at UNEA-4
Aiming to make the invisible, visible, this special 8-issue newspaper is brought to you by the BRS Secretariat, Minamata Convention, SAICM, and UN Environment (Chemicals & Waste) Branch.
UN Environment Assembly marks 30 years of the Basel Convention
A speech by the UNEA President on day one, and an informal gathering of dignatories and stakeholders in day two, mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention’s adoption.
Women disproportionately vulnerable to health risks from chemical and waste pollution
To mark International Women’s Day, read our new Press Release on why women and girls are more likely than men to suffer adverse effects from chemicals and waste.
BRS Secretariat contributed to UNEA-4 in promoting sound management of chemicals and wastes
The Secretariat participated in more than 10 events, submitted numerous background documents, and staged 2 exhibitions throughout the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, 11 to 15 March.
Clean Planet, Healthy People: All pre-session working documents now online
All working documents for the 2019 COPs, and most information documents, are now available online.
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