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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
 
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 11 June 2020)</span>

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings (Updated 11 June 2020)

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 11 June 2020)</span>

Geneva, 11 June 2020,

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, postponed, or are planned to be held online:

Suspended meeting:

  • 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

The possibility of holding this meeting at a later point in time is being considered, taking into account the development of the COVID-19 situation and the organization of the OEWG-12 meeting. An update on the organization of the above meeting will be sent to all members and observers to this small intersessional working group.

Postponed meeting:

The Bureau of the OEWG of the Basel Convention at its online meeting on 10 June 2020 agreed to postpone the OEWG-12. The dates and arrangements for OEWG-12, including options and a way forward for the convening of the meeting, are to be considered by the Bureau of the OEWG, taking into account the feedback received during consultations, at an OEWG Bureau meeting scheduled on 22 June 2020.

Meetings held or to be held online:

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.


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April 2020

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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
 
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
 
Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
The Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10 will be held back-to-back in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 to 30 July 2021.

Save the date: Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs

Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
 
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
 
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
 
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