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BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments
A new World Customs Organisation initiative, known as Operation DEMETER IV, starts in May 2018, to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments.
Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management
With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.
Chemicals and wastes and the prevention of soil pollution
The BRS Secretariat is proud to be co-organising the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution, 2 to 4 May at FAO headquarters in Rome.
BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’
Ever-conscious of the need to minimise waste, as required of Parties to the Basel Convention, the BRS Secretariat is contributing to the pan-UN campaign encouraging Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries
Read the latest BRS interview, with Moustafa Kamel, Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Egypt.
Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention – for a Life with Less Waste.
With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
Amongst the key questions under discussion is the distinction between “waste” and “non-waste” in this fast growing waste-stream.
New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste
BRS, together with UN Environment, the ILO and the ITU amongst others, is part of a new coalition of UN organisations formed at the recent WSIS2018 Forum to achieve a shared goal of tackling the ever-growing issue of electronic waste.
Towards the sound management of chemicals and waste in the Caribbean
Read Rolph Payet’s opening remarks to the national high-level forum on chemicals and waste in Trinidad and Tobago, 20 March.
BRS Secretariat marks World Water Day, 22 March
Visit or follow the @brsmeas twitter account to view a series of photos demonstrating the impacts of chemicals and waste on water.
BRS Secretariat participates at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva
Executive Secretary Rolph Payet contributes to discussions on a range of issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals, throughout WSIS 2018
On International Women’s Day, BRS seeks more Gender Heroes
The BRS Secretariat invites Parties and stakeholders to submit stories highlighting innovative or inspiring examples of gender mainstreaming for sound management of chemicals and waste.
The BRS Secretariat celebrates International Women’s Day
Women are disproportionately impacted by hazardous chemicals and waste. Gender mainstreaming case studies, profiles of Gender Heroes and Gender Pioneers, and the BRS Gender Action Plan are all available on our website.
BRS Secretariat strengthens cooperation with International Telecommunications Union
The BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet met with the Secretary General Houlin Zhao to discuss enhanced cooperation between the two organizations to tackle areas of joint concern such as E-waste from used IT equipment.
BRS Secretariat marks World Wildlife Day, 3 March
Visit or follow the @brsmeas twitter account to view a series of powerful photos demonstrating the impacts of chemicals and waste on nature and wildlife.
Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic
As a timely expression of the international day of Women-in-Science on 11 February, 19 out of 22 participants at this key CRC/POPRC joint workshop are female.
BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science
Three-quarters of the BRS Science and Technical Assistance Branch are female, adding their voices to the international day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.
New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic
Plastic marine litter, POPs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals among chemicals of emerging Arctic concern according to Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme report.
BRS Secretariat contributes to Second Conference of Parties to the Bamako Convention
BRS participates at the Bamako Convention COP-2, 30 January to 2 February in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing African nations together for a Pollution-Free Africa.
Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
Apply by 6 February 2018 to assist the Basel Convention Secretariat tackle the problem of marine litter and micro-plastics pollution.
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