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UN Special Rapporteur’s report on toxics available online as Human Rights Council convenes in Geneva
The 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council features the launch of the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics on “Workers Rights and Toxic Exposures” and a relevant side event focussing on the need to beat pollution.
New era for waste management heralded as waste experts agree a raft of decisions including on marine plastic litter and microplastics
The Press Release of the 11th Meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is now online.
M-Cube launched to raise awareness on marine litter and microplastics
Thanks to funding from the UK, an art installation in the heart of international Geneva became the focus of public awareness activity as part of the Basel Convention High Level Event on 4 September.
Watch the Basel Convention High-Level Event on Marine Litter
More than 70 ambassadors gathered in Geneva on 4 September to discuss ways forward to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics.
Basel Convention High-Level Event focuses spotlight on marine litter and waste
International Geneva will mobilise for action on marine litter, waste, and microplastics from 2 to 6 September.
Norwegian event on POPs and Body Burden re-affirms need to take action on chemicals and waste
Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, and Rolph Payet, BRS Executive Secretary, shared a platform in Arendal, Norway on 15 August 2018 to raise awareness on toxic chemicals and their impacts on human health.
Global gatherings of chemicals and waste expertise as BRS stages subsidiary body meetings
Scientific, legal and policy experts from across the world converge on Geneva and Rome to prepare decisions for the sound management of chemicals and waste.
BRS contributes to high-level political debate on sound management
BRS chief Rolph Payet participated in discussions at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, at which Sweden announced the launch of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste.
Single-use plastics again the focus of international attention
July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day as organisations worldwide keep marine litter at the top of the global agenda.
BRS Executive Secretary conducts live interview at The GEF Assembly, Danang, Viet Nam
Watch the recording of Rolph Payet’s interview for insights as to how the sound management of chemicals and wastes contributes to a clean planet and healthy people.
Report on implementation of BRS programmes of work & budgets now available
Now online: Secretariat report on the implementation of the programmes of work & budgets of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions for the biennium 2016-2017
Photos of World Environment Day in Geneva, now online
Visit the BRS photo gallery to see how stakeholders came together to Beat Plastic Pollution
Convention heads meet to further improve knowledge management, access to information, and sharing
BRS chief Rolph Payet joins other MEA heads and staff in Montreux, Switzerland at the latest meeting of the Informea network, 5 to 7 June.
How do the Basel and Stockholm conventions relate to marine litter and plastic pollution?
As part of the Geneva World Environment Day 2018 events in Geneva, Abiola Olanipekun describes how the chemicals and wastes conventions contribute to global efforts to Beat Plastic Pollution.
To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations
Entrepreneurs and explorers come together to Beat Plastic Pollution, in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Tuesday 5th June. To register:
BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi
At the 1st meeting of the Ad-Hoc Expert Working Group, Carlos Martin-Novella sets out possible options under the Basel Convention for addressing this key issue.
ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
The 3rd Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) takes place 15 to 16 May, with funding support from Norway.
Read Rolph Payet’s keynote speech at the opening of the Guatemala Bonn Challenge 2018
At the Guatemala Bonn Challenge, BRS Executive Secretary stresses importance of sound management of chemicals and waste and its interconnectivity with climate change.
BRS Secretariat congratulates Dr Segenet Kelemu, a 2018 Woman of the Decade
The Director of the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centre in Nairobi is recognised by the Women Economic Forum (WEF) for her work on natural and sustainable ecosystems.
BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome
The life-cycle approach to chemicals and waste is a key element to protecting soils from pollution.
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