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International E-Waste Day marked around the world
The BRS Secretariat is proud to support and publicise this day, organised by the WEEE Forum, which aims to draw attention to the growing environmental & health challenges posed by electrical and electronic waste.
Sound management of chemicals and waste a prerequisite for turning the tide on biodiversity loss
Joint press release from the BRS and Minamata convention secretariats on the occasion of the UN Summit on Biodiversity.
New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic
Efforts towards building a circular economy might be compromised by chemical additives in certain plastics, a study by the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centre for the Mediterranean, IPEN, UNEP and the BRS Secretariat finds.
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.
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.
New UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Toxics, Marcos Orellana, joins Rotterdam webinar focused on children & pesticides
Children and exposure to hazardous pesticides: risk reduction strategies and the human rights-based approach” is the title of this Spanish-language webinar, on 29 September 2020.
Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
Representatives from the Barcelona Convention, CITES, Climate Change Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Minamata Convention, Montreal Protocol, and the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, join the Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee online to discuss ways ...
Rotterdam Convention Press Release: UN experts recommend listing DecaBDE and PFOA
The 16th meeting of the Chemicals Review Committee concludes successfully online with two chemicals recommended for listing in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention at the next COP.
Plastic Waste: Your photo could make a difference
Back to school, back to university, back to the office? Snap the plastic waste you encounter and you could win the Plastic Waste Partnership’s photo contest, deadline 30 September.
Press Release: Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (online segment) concludes successfully
More than 600 experts from more than 100 countries participate at online segment of OEWG-12.
Tuvalu accedes to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions
The Basel and Rotterdam conventions continue to grow as Tuvalu becomes the 188th, and 163rd Party respectively, with into force on 19 November 2020.
Plastic Waste Partnership Briefing webinars organised to outline possibilities for funding actions on plastic waste
The new call for proposals will be presented and discussed during these Basel Convention online meetings.
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.
All you need to know about the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment, 1 to 3 September 2020
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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