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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.

New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention

New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention
 
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.

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
 
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings

The present communication is to provide an update regarding upcoming BRS meetings, in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation.

The Secretariat is keeping the situation under review taking into account the information and guidance from the United Nations Department of Operational Support, the WHO, the Swiss authorities, the Italian authorities, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Office at Geneva that is received and updated regularly.

Please find below an update on the status of BRS meetings that have been either suspended, or are planned to be held online or maintained until further assessment:

Suspended meetings:

  • Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical specially engineered landfill (D5) and incineration on land (D10) and energy recovery (R1), Ottawa, Canada, 18 and 19 March 2020
  • Orientation workshop for CRC members, Rome, Italy, 22 to 24 April 2020

The possibility of holding these meetings at a later point in time is currently being considered, taking into account the development of the COVID-19 situation and the specific requirements of each area of work.

Meeting to be held online:

  • First meeting of the small intersessional working group on the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021, 31 March to 2 April 2020

Meetings under assessment:

The Secretariat has decided to continue with the preparations of the meetings listed below, with a view to taking final decisions on the holding of these meetings around 5 weeks prior to the respective scheduled dates. The possibility of holding some of these meetings online will also be explored, where feasible.

  • Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June 2020
  • Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, Geneva, Switzerland, 10 June 2020
  • Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12), Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 25 June 2020
  • Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, Geneva, Switzerland, 26 June 2020
  • Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee, Geneva, Switzerland from 26 to 30 June 2020

Mindful of the protection of public health, the final decision to proceed with the above meetings will be based on thorough risk assessment to be conducted in line with available UN guidance and in cooperation with the Swiss authorities.

An update on the organization of the above meetings will be sent to all confirmed participants and Convention’s Focal Points around 5 weeks prior to the scheduled dates.

Finally, we wish to inform you that, given the circumstances, the BRS Secretariat staff, both in Geneva and Rome, are currently working remotely. We are doing our best to deliver the work of the Secretariat.


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.

Feedback sought from Parties concerning technical assistance needs, deadline 31 March 2020

Feedback sought from Parties concerning technical assistance needs, deadline 31 March 2020
 
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.

New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution

New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution
 
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.

Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism

Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism
 
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.

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
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.

UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!

UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!
 
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.

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
 
BRS Secretariat supports the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

BRS Secretariat supports the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

BRS Secretariat supports the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Meet the many women of the BRS Science and TA Branch, working for a Clean Planet and Healthy People
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.

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
 
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.

BRS Secretariat staff recognised by the United Nations for long service

BRS Secretariat staff recognised by the United Nations for long service
 
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.

All three Final Reports of the 2019 Triple COPs now available

All three Final Reports of the 2019 Triple COPs now available
 
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.

Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184

Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184
 
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

Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

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
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