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Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
The UNEP Special Programme, open until August 2021, supports governments to implement the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions.

Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste

Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions
Information sought to guide activities on tackling waste in mountain regions, organised by GRID Arendal, together with UNEP & BRS.

Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions

Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions
 
 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class='attentionNote'>(Updated 7 April 2021)</span>

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 7 April 2021)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class='attentionNote'>(Updated 7 April 2021)</span>

Geneva, 7 April 2021

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 Held
5-9 October 2020  Geneva (online)  Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes
Held
13-23 October 2020  Geneva (online)  Meeting of the coordination group for the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs under the Stockholm Convention  Held
21 October 2020  Geneva (online)
Second online meeting of the small intersessional working group on PCB under the Stockholm Convention Held
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 Held
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) Held
27 October-6 November  Geneva (online)   Expert meeting on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices under the Stockholm Convention Held
9-12 November 2020  Geneva (online)
Eighth Expert Group Meeting on DDT under the Stockholm Convention Held
16-19 November 2020 Geneva (online)
Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutants as wastes Held
24-25 November 2020 Geneva (online) Meeting of the small intersessional working group on D5, D10 and R1 technical guidelines - Part III Held 
7 December 2020 Geneva (online) Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-14) (part III) Held
8-11 December 2020 Geneva (online)   Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical guidelines on mercury wastes Held
14-18 December 2020 Geneva (online) Meeting of the small intersessional working group on the technical guidelines on plastic wastes Held
11-16 January 2021 Geneva
(online)
Sixteenth meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee  Held
21-22 January 2021 Geneva (online) Third Meeting of the expert working group on the e-waste technical guidelines Held
25-26 January 2021  Geneva (online)  Meeting of the small intersessional working group on D5, D10 and R1 technical guidelines - Part V Held
26-27 January 2021 Geneva (online) 5th Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) Held
26 January 2021  Geneva (online)  Joint meeting of the Presidents of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Held
27-29 January 2021  Geneva (online) Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions  Held
28 January 2021
Geneva (online) Third meeting of the PCB Small intersessional working group Cancelled
1-3 February 2021   Geneva (online)  Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes - (Part II)   Held
8-12 February 2021  Geneva (online)  Meeting of the small intersessional working group on D5, D10 and R1 technical guidelines - Part V
Held
17-18 February 2021  Geneva (online)  Meeting of the SIWG on POPs wastes technical guidelines (Part II) Held
5-6 May 2021
Geneva (online)
Africa regional preparatory meeting for the online segment of the BRS COPs
Confirmed
11-12 May 2021
Geneva (online)
Eastern Europe regional preparatory meeting for the online segment of the BRS COPs
Confirmed
17-21 May 2021
Geneva (online)
Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes, supplementary sessions (part III)
Confirmed
31 May-1 June 2021
Geneva (online)
GRULAC regional preparatory meeting for the online segment of the BRS COPs
Confirmed
8-9 June 2021
Geneva (online)
Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the the online segment of the BRS COPs
Confirmed
14-16 June 2021
Geneva (online)
2nd meeting of the of the Plastic Waste Partnership working group
Tentative
June 2021
Nairobi, Kenya
Twelfth meeting of the Basel Convention Open-ended Working Group (face to face segment)
Tentative
 26-30 July 2021  Geneva (online)  Online segment of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BC COP-15, RC COP-10, SC COP-10) Confirmed
September 2021  Geneva (online) Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (part IV)  Tentative 
20-24 Sept 2021  Rome, Italy  Seventeenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention  Tentative 
27 Sept-1 Oct 2021  Rome, Italy   Seventeenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention  Tentative 
Sept (dates to be confirmed)  Geneva online  Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (part lV)  Tentative online 
Oct (exact dates to be determined)  Geneva online  Fourth meeting of the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes, supplementary sessions (part IV)  Tentative online 

Please kindly consult our online calendar for more regular updates.

On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
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On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste

On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
The BRS COP Bureaux have agreed at their resumed joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to hold the Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10, back-to-back in two segments: an online segment in 2021 and a face-to-face segment in 2...

BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs

BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
 
Stockholm Convention implementation priorities highlighted by The GEF’s guest blog
Read the new Global Environment Facility “Guest Blog” by BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, for news of upcoming priorities for implementing global agreements for a healthy planet.

Stockholm Convention implementation priorities highlighted by The GEF’s guest blog

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BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021
Watch Rolph Payet’s video address, which focusses on the environmental dimension for building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.

BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021

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BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
Register now for the “Tackling plastic waste through the Basel Convention” UNEA-5 Side Event, kicking off at 1330 Geneva time on Thursday 18 February.

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
 
Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
Webinars cover the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Small Grants Projects, & Strategic Framework Final Evaluation Report; the Rotterdam Convention’s export notification system; & outcomes from the Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-16 meeting.

Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation

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BRS COP Bureaux to resume their joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to allow for further consultations
Further consultations ongoing on a proposed way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs.

BRS COP Bureaux to resume their joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to allow for further consultations

BRS COP Bureaux to resume their joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to allow for further consultations
 
Joint online meeting of the BRS COP Bureaux to discuss the organization of the meetings of the 2021 Triple COPs
Continuing preparations for the 2021 meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the joint meeting of the COP Bureaux is held online 27 to 29 January.

Joint online meeting of the BRS COP Bureaux to discuss the organization of the meetings of the 2021 Triple COPs

Joint online meeting of the BRS COP Bureaux to discuss the organization of the meetings of the 2021 Triple COPs
 
Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
On the agenda is the proposal to list UV-328, and draft risk profiles for Dechlorane Plus and Methoxychlor. All the documents are publically available, online.

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
 
World’s first global, legally-binding measures on curbing plastic waste become effective for 186 States
The Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments become effective on 1 January 2021, changing the way plastic waste is traded, to better protect human health and the environment.

World’s first global, legally-binding measures on curbing plastic waste become effective for 186 States

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UN family makes progress on “greening the blue”
BRS Secretariat a proud member of the pan-UN movement to reduce operational footprints, including climate neutrality and reductions in waste generation.

UN family makes progress on “greening the blue”

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Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
Organised by GEN with the BRS Secretariat and a host of other partners, the first of the series focuses on plastic waste.

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
 
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