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Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention
Having recently deposited its instrument of accession WITH the UN Depositary in New York, the convention will ENTER INTO FORCE for Algeria on 19 October 2020.

Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention

Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention
 
Dates for the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment set
The OEWG-12 online segment takes place on 1 and 3 September 2020. For more details, including working documents in the 6 UN languages, see the tentative schedule of work.

Dates for the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment set

Dates for the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment set
 
Latest BRS Newsletter is out and available online
Click here for COVID-19 medical waste news and guidance, along with other developments related to the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Latest BRS Newsletter is out and available online

Latest BRS Newsletter is out and available online
 
Deadline approaching for applications to the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
Applications are invited from Basel and Stockholm convention Regional Centres until 15 July 2020.

Deadline approaching for applications to the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste

Deadline approaching for applications to the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
 
Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) postponed
Following feedback from regions, the OEWG meeting will not be held on 22 to 25 June 2020. Further consultations to take place on options for rescheduling.

Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) postponed

Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) postponed
 
 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 22 July 2020)</span>

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 22 July 2020)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 22 July 2020)</span>

Geneva, 22 July 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

18-19 March 2020

Ottawa, Canada,

Meeting of the small intersessional working group on technical specially engineered landfill (D5) and incineration on land (D10) and energy recovery (R1)

Postponed

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

Geneva (online)

Orientation for new members of the Chemical Review Committee: by webinars (first webinar held on 7 May 2020)

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 to 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 an additional face-to-face segment tentatively scheduled to take place in March 2021 in Nairobi

Confirmed

8-11 September 2020

Geneva/
Rome (online)

Sixteenth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

Confirmed

21 to 25 September 2020

Geneva (online)

Fourteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-14) (part II) (The possibility of holding face-to-face sessions will be re-assessed in September 2020 when the ICC resumes its fourteenth meeting)

Confirmed

4-5 November 2020

Geneva, Switzerland

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Tentative


Please kindly consult our online calendar for more regular updates.

Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions described as environmental governance “Hits of 2019” by IISD

Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions described as environmental governance “Hits of 2019” by IISD

Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions described as environmental governance “Hits of 2019” by IISD
 
Final call for Parties to submit their feedback to the Needs Assessment Questionnaires, responses still possible until 15 June 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.

Final call for Parties to submit their feedback to the Needs Assessment Questionnaires, responses still possible until 15 June 2020

Final call for Parties to submit their feedback to the Needs Assessment Questionnaires, responses still possible until 15 June 2020
 
Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments
Adopted by Parties one year ago in May 2019, the Amendments become effective on 1 January 2021. Learn all you need to know by consulting the Secretariat’s FAQ, newly online.

Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments

Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!
The UNEP/TED-ed initiative has attracted millions of children worldwide since launching in April. Join the Plastics Quest, live from Monday 18 May, brought into your home by the BRS Secretariat and partners.

Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!

Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!
 
Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response
BRS Executive Secretary joins UNEP, WHO, UNEP and others in a webinar on 19 May to discuss necessary responses to increased medical waste in light of the COVID-19 emergency.

Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response

Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response
 
COVID19: Factsheet on Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Waste available online
Download the Basel Convention’s guidance document on how to manage medical waste in the most sustainable manner.

COVID19: Factsheet on Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Waste available online

COVID19: Factsheet on Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Waste available online











Download the Basel Convention’s guidance document on how to manage medical waste in the most sustainable manner.


ESM Factsheet

April 2020

Download

Exciting new learning platform launched for home-schooling children!
The BRS Secretariat is proud to partner with UNEP on the new Earth School Adventures, launched on 22 April, bringing environmental education into the homes of millions of home-schooling children, including a component on plastics (from 13 May).

Exciting new learning platform launched for home-schooling children!

Exciting new learning platform launched for home-schooling children!
 
Watch: BRS Executive Secretary and colleagues on COVID19 and the sound management of chemicals and waste
Recording available of the BRS briefing of 30 April, which covered COVID19 impacts and responses, and arrangements for the forthcoming Basel Convention OEWG meeting in June, with thanks to the Geneva Environment Network.

Watch: BRS Executive Secretary and colleagues on COVID19 and the sound management of chemicals and waste

Watch: BRS Executive Secretary and colleagues on COVID19 and the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels
The BRS Secretariat is pleased to announce, thanks to generous funding from Norway, the opening of the new Small Grant Programme on Plastic Waste, open to applications from Basel and Stockholm Convention regional centres until 15 July 2020.

New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels

New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels
 
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