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Governments, industry, civil society and UN join forces to beat plastic waste pollution
The first meeting of the Basel Convention’s new Plastic Waste Partnership concluded successfully in Seychelles, 5 March 2020. Read the outcomes summarised in the BRS Press Release.
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.
Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism
BRS information platforms expanded to include new portal sharing publications, events and contacts from the network of regional centres, starting with the Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre for Francophone Africa in Dakar, Senegal, as the first new information source and publisher.
85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council addresses children’s rights to a healthy environment, as UN report shows that 25% of infant deaths are from preventable, environmental hazards.
UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!
See Inger Andersen (UNEP), Rolph Payet (BRS), Malcom Johnson (ITU) and Maria Neira (WHO) talk about the newly-launched E-waste Massive Open Online Course.
Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
The BRS Secretariat and partners’ Massive Open Online Course on electronic, or e-waste, is a unique opportunity to learn how you can become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
Two webinars open the updated and expanded Massive Open Online Course - or MOOC – on E-waste.
BRS Secretariat supports the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
Less than a year after its establishment, the new Plastic Waste Partnership of the Basel Convention meets for the first time at Beau Vallon, the Seychelles, from 2 to 5 March 2020.
BRS Secretariat staff recognised by the United Nations for long service
Eight BRS staff are awarded UN Long Service Awards, ranging from 10 to 25 years, at a ceremony in Geneva.
All three Final Reports of the 2019 Triple COPs now available
Final Reports of the meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions are now online in all 6 UN languages.
Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184
The Convention will enter into force for Equatorial Guinea on 23 March 2020.
Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution
Month-long operation “30 Days at Sea 2.0” involves more than 200 enforcement agencies and detects more than 3,000 serious offences – land-based and maritime - across 61 countries
BRS workshop builds negotiating skills within West African governments to enhance implementation of the 3 conventions
Government officials from francophone and anglophone countries gather in Dakar, Senegal, 4 to 6 February 2020, with funding generously provided by the European Union, Australia and Germany.
50th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 50th time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
New UN project tackles plastic pollution in mountainous and remote regions
International Mountains Day 2019 marked by a special event in Geneva on 11 December, coinciding with the launch of a new project to help tackle plastic pollution, funded by Norway. Read the BRS Press Release.
Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment
Watch live the special event in the UN Palais des Nations, which brings together many of the Convention’s 187 Parties to celebrate the strengthening of efforts for implementing this global, legally-binding, international agreement on waste.
BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva
High-level event on 25 November brings together key global stakeholders including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), and China.
Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document
The draft overall guidance document on the environmentally sound management of household waste is now available for comment by Parties and others, by 31 January 2020.
First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership
Hot on the heels of the PWP launch in Geneva on 12 November, the first online consultation takes place on 13 November, chaired by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Ole Thomas Thommesen (Norway) and Mr. Ross Bartley (BIC).
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