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Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa
Find out more about the work of the Basel and Stockholm Regional centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year
The Executive Secretary and staff wish all parties, observers, collaborators, partners and donors a peaceful and successful (Triple COPs) 2017.
Strengthening enforcement of environmental law in Europe
The Secretariat recently extended its agreement with IMPEL on illegal waste and chemicals trafficking to include cooperation relevant to all three conventions.
Rotterdam Convention works with parties, EU and NGOs to reduce pesticide risk in eastern Europe and central Asia
Tackling the legacy of an estimated half of the world’s stockpile of obsolete pesticides requires capacity-building for risk reduction and sustainable management.
Outcomes of the joint bureaux meeting
The report of the joint meeting of the COPs bureaux held on 3 and 4 November 2016 is now available.
Sustainability begins at home for BRS and its housekeeping
The Secretariat is proud to be climate neutral for 2015, thanks to the signature of an agreement with UNFCCC to offset its CO2 emissions.
Focus on Latin America: the work of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre in Montevideo, Uruguay
Read our interview with Gabriela Medina to understand how regional efforts help implement the Basel and Stockholm conventions.
BRS briefs World Trade Organisation on hazardous chemicals and wastes
E-waste and the forthcoming Triple COPs were the subject of discussions at the WTO Committee on Trade & Environment, on 14-15 November 2016, in Geneva.
The three bureaux agree on the organisation of the 2017 COPs
The bureaux met on 3 and 4 November 2016 and agreed on the organization of the 2017 COPs and discussed other organizational matters, such as the high-level segment.
Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
The high-level segment of the next Triple COPs is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.
Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?
Ahead of the Triple COPs in April 2017, get the latest in everything connected to the sound management of chemicals and waste straight to your inbox each month.
Listen to the POPs rap, a musical postcard from Toronto
Canadian Karen Quinto felt the sustainable management of chemicals so important, she wrote a rap to communicate it. Listen to her song and tell us if you agree.
Uruguay playing lead regional role in sound management of chemicals and waste
Our regional focus switches to Latin America and the role of The Uruguayan Technological Laboratory (LATU) in Montevideo, which assists parties implement the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
The BRS interview - Focus on the Gulf region
Latest in the series talks to Dr Abdulnabi Al-Ghadban, who leads the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Kuwait.
Regional focus switches to Kuwait
This month we highlight the work of the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Kuwait.
Linkages between children, human rights, and chemicals and wastes
BRS contributed to the UN Human Rights Day of General Discussion on chemicals and the rights of the child, held in Geneva on 23 September 2016. Read Rolph Payet’s speech here.
Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals
The outcomes of the recent Rotterdam Convention CRC-12 and Stockholm Convention POPRC-12 meetings are now available online, featuring proposed new chemicals listings at the COPs in Geneva in 2017.
Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland
Parties have been officially informed of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs, featuring a high-level segment, to be held in Geneva from 24 April to 5 May 2017.
 “The Silent Pandemic” - UN Human Rights Council discusses hazardous substances and wastes
The Human Rights Council has considered the latest Report by the Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances & wastes.
Updated BRS Gender Action Plan now online
Reflecting the Secretariat’s commitment to taking action to reduce gender inequalities, the updated BRS Gender Action Plan is now available.
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