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 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class='attentionNote'>(Updated 20 October 2020)</span>

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 20 October 2020)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class='attentionNote'>(Updated 20 October 2020)</span>

Geneva, 20 October 2020

Through this webpage, the Secretariat wishes to provide regular updates on the latest developments regarding upcoming BRS meetings, in light of the current situation related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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 postponed or planned to be held online:

Dates

Location

Meeting

Status

20-22 April 2020

Geneva (online)

First meeting of the small intersessional working group on the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012-2021

Held

7 May 2020

Rome (online)

Orientation for new members of the Chemical Review Committee

Held

9 June 2020

Geneva (online)

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention

Held

10 June 2020

Geneva (online)

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Held

25-26 June 2020

Geneva (online)

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention

Held

29 June - 3 July 2020

Geneva (online)

Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-14) (part I)

Held

1-3 September 2020

Geneva (online)

Online segment of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12), followed by an additional face-to-face segment tentatively scheduled to take place in March 2021 in Nairobi

Held

8-11 September 2020

Rome (online)

Sixteenth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

Held

21-25 September 2020

Geneva (online)

Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-14) (part II)

Held

30 September - 2 October 2020  Geneva (online)  Annual joint meeting of the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm conventions Confirmed
5-9 October 2020  Geneva (online)  Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes
Confirmed 
13-23 October 2020  Geneva (online)  Meeting of the coordination group for the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs under the Stockholm Convention  Confirmed 
21 October 2020  Geneva (online)
Second online meeting of the small intersessional working group on PCB under the Stockholm Convention Confirmed 
22 October 2020 Geneva (online) Second meeting of the small intersessional working group on the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012-2021 Confirmed
27 -28 October 2020 and 3-4 November 2020 Geneva (online) Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical specially engineered landfill (D5) and incineration on land (D10) and energy recovery (R1) Confirmed
27 October - 6 November  Geneva (online)   Expert meeting on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices under the Stockholm Convention  Confirmed 
9-13 November 2020  Geneva (online)
Eighth Expert Group Meeting on DDT under the Stockholm Convention Confirmed 
16-19 November 2020 Geneva (online)
Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutants as wastes Confirmed 
7 December 2020 Geneva (online) Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-14) (part III) Confirmed 
11-16 January 2021 Geneva
(online)
Sixteenth meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee  Confirmed
26 January 2021   To be determined  Joint Meeting of the Presidents of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions  Tentative 
27-28 January 2021  To be determined Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  Tentative 
28 January 2021
Geneva (online) Third meeting of the PCB Small intersessional working group Tentative
1-5 February 2021
Geneva (online) Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes, supplementary sessions Confirmed
19-30 July 2021  Geneva, Switzerland  Meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BC COP-15, RC COP-10, SC COP-10) Confirmed 

Please kindly consult our online calendar for more regular updates.

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Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet

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International E-Waste Day marked around the world

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New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic

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Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020
The Second Round of funding of the Basel Convention’s Small Grants Programme, generously funded by the Norwegian NORAD agency, is now open.

Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020

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Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available
The English advance version of the report of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment), held on 1-3 September 2020, is now available.

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New UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Toxics, Marcos Orellana, joins Rotterdam webinar focused on children & pesticides
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Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
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Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic

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Plastic Waste: Your photo could make a difference
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Tuvalu accedes to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions
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Tuvalu accedes to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions

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Plastic Waste Partnership Briefing webinars organised to outline possibilities for funding actions on plastic waste
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Plastic Waste Partnership Briefing webinars organised to outline possibilities for funding actions on plastic waste

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Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention
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Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention

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All you need to know about the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment, 1 to 3 September 2020
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