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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.
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).
Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November
As the 2019 Our Oceans conference concludes in Oslo, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr Ole Elvestuen, confirms substantial support for efforts to tackle marine plastic litter.
New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019
Established by the Basel Convention COP in May, members and the diplomatic community gather to launch this new initiative at a special event hosted by the City of Geneva.
UN experts recommend stricter trade measures for PFOA
Read the BRS Press Release summarising outcomes of the 15th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, which concluded 10 October 2019 at FAO headquarters in Rome.
UN Secretary General calls for increased investment in waste management
With waste the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day, Antonio Guterres highlights the role of frontier technologies to transform waste into wealth, and stresses the need to reduce waste in the first place.
BRS Executive Secretary urges strong cooperation between chemicals and waste and regional seas conventions
Read the remarks from Rolph Payet when opening the Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Programme in Berlin, 3 October 2019.
UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on chemicals and wastes management
Resolution urges implementation of 15 key principles on human rights and the protection of workers from exposure to toxic substances.
The UN takes further steps towards sustainability and is on course to be climate neutral by 2020
The BRS Secretariat is a proud member of the UN’s Greening the Blue initiative and has been climate neutral for 6 years in a row.
New plastic waste project underway in Bangladesh
Building on the recent Basel Convention plastic waste amendment, a new Norwegian-funded initiative has begun, with inception meetings in Dhaka for experts and stakeholders, 18 to 19 September, 2019.
More than 100 participants attend regional meeting to boost implementation of the Basel and Rotterdam conventions in Africa
Dakar, Senegal, hosts a capacity-building workshop for governments and other stakeholders working towards the sound management of chemicals and waste, including plastic waste. Funding support kindly provided by the Government of France.
Read the Basel Convention press release on the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
Entry into force of amendment to UN treaty boosts efforts to prevent waste dumping.
Read the BRS Executive Secretary’s contribution to the Universal Health Coverage new report “Health: A Political Choice”
“Pollution 5.0” is the title of Rolph Payet’s latest article, on why sound management of chemicals and waste is a prerequisite for achieving universal health coverage.
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