Publications

The legal and technical publications and information materials produced and disseminated are convention-specific as well as those related to cross-cutting and joint activities included in the programmes of work of the three conventions.

 

Synergies Publications

Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

The “Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions” was developed by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in cooperation with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, within the framework of the training programme for potential Chairs and Presidents of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’ meetings.

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Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

The “Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions” was developed by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in cooperation with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, within the framework of the training programme for potential Chairs and Presidents of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’ meetings.

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Environmental and Health Emergencies - The role of the BRS

This report examines the relevance of the conventions in response to the environmental and health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lessons learnt. The report describes how the conventions are relevant to support Parties in their work on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

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Environmental and Health Emergencies - The role of the BRS

Environmental and Health Emergencies - The role of the BRS

This report examines the relevance of the conventions in response to the environmental and health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lessons learnt. The report describes how the conventions are relevant to support Parties in their work on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

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From Science to Action

This document outlines the role of BRS conventions in global governance of chemicals and waste, identifies possible synergies between existing mechanisms of the BRS conventions and a future science-policy panel, and – drawing on the experience of these conventions – offers some suggestions for stakeholders to consider as they plan a new science policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and prevent pollution.

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From Science to Action

From Science to Action

This document outlines the role of BRS conventions in global governance of chemicals and waste, identifies possible synergies between existing mechanisms of the BRS conventions and a future science-policy panel, and – drawing on the experience of these conventions – offers some suggestions for stakeholders to consider as they plan a new science policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and prevent pollution.

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2022 face-to-face segment of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention and the 10th meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and to the Stockholm Convention (BRS COPs) are resuming for their face-to-face segment from 6 to 17 June 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings include a high-level segment which will be held on 1 June 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden in connection with the Stockholm+50 international meeting. Ministers will gather to exchange experiences and to provide political leadership towards the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

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2022 face-to-face segment of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

2022 face-to-face segment of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention and the 10th meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and to the Stockholm Convention (BRS COPs) are resuming for their face-to-face segment from 6 to 17 June 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings include a high-level segment which will be held on 1 June 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden in connection with the Stockholm+50 international meeting. Ministers will gather to exchange experiences and to provide political leadership towards the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

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Inspirational success stories from the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

A selection of case studies where projects implemented by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions have led to successful outcomes for human health and the environment.

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Inspirational success stories from the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Inspirational success stories from the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

A selection of case studies where projects implemented by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions have led to successful outcomes for human health and the environment.

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Success story #1
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Success story #4
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Interlinkages between the chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements and biodiversity: Key insights

The 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the 1998 Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury all aim at protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and waste.

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Interlinkages between the chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements and biodiversity: Key insights

Interlinkages between the chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements and biodiversity: Key insights

The 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the 1998 Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury all aim at protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and waste.

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Chemicals, wastes and climate change - Interlinkages and potential for coordinated action

Climate change and management of hazardous chemicals and wastes are two of the many challenges facing policy and decision makers committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A number of global agreements have been established to address these issues. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seeks to both stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere and adapt to the eventual inevitable impacts of climate change. Falling within the scope of this study, hazardous chemicals related agreements include the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Finally, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal focuses specifically on waste-related issues.

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Chemicals, wastes and climate change - Interlinkages and potential for coordinated action

Chemicals, wastes and climate change - Interlinkages and potential for coordinated action

Climate change and management of hazardous chemicals and wastes are two of the many challenges facing policy and decision makers committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A number of global agreements have been established to address these issues. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seeks to both stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere and adapt to the eventual inevitable impacts of climate change. Falling within the scope of this study, hazardous chemicals related agreements include the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Finally, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal focuses specifically on waste-related issues.

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Factsheets on the newly listed chemicals of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties

Factsheets on the newly listed chemicals of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties

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Factsheets on the newly listed chemicals of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties

Factsheets on the newly listed chemicals of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties

Factsheets on the newly listed chemicals of the 2017 Conferences of the Parties

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10 Years of Synergies Decisions 2005 - 2015

Compilation of decisions related to enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

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10 Years of Synergies Decisions 2005 - 2015

10 Years of Synergies Decisions 2005 - 2015

Compilation of decisions related to enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

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Manual for customs officers

The interactive Manual for Customs on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will enhance your knowledge of the three global treaties that contribute to safely managing the production, movement, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and wastes.

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Manual for customs officers

Manual for customs officers

The interactive Manual for Customs on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will enhance your knowledge of the three global treaties that contribute to safely managing the production, movement, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and wastes.

Customs play a key role in facilitating the legal trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes, and in detecting possible cases of illegal traffic – especially in ports and along the borders. This manual will inform you about the objectives, procedures, rights and obligations contained in these three multilateral environmental agreements as they relate to the work of Customs. It describes in general what Customs should know to facilitate the legal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes. It will also support you in how to identify and deal with possible cases of illegal trade/traffic.

The Manual is divided into 6 modules, each of them containing an introduction, lessons, questions and a resources section. The lessons are supported by practical examples and images.

The Manual is complemented by four annexes:

  1. a glossary explaining key terms and concepts under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions which will be frequently referred to in this Manual (annex I);
  2. an identification tool for wastes covered by the Basel Convention (annex II);
  3. an identification tool for the persistent organic pollutants that may be subject to international trade under the Stockholm Convention (annex III); and
  4. an identification table for the chemicals covered by the Rotterdam Convention (annex IV).

The Manual was developed with the support of a financial contribution from the European Union.

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Conventions Specific Publications