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Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!
The Fair on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) will be held during the 2023 COPs, from 3 to 5 May 2023, at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG). The the objective of Fair is to raise awareness on the urgency to accelerate action to meet the upcoming 2025 and 2028 PCB deadlines under th...
Outcomes of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee and the Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee meetings
The objective of this online briefing is to inform Parties to the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the fifteenth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (BC ICC-15) and the first meeting of the Rotterdam Convention&r...
New online course on chairing BRS meetings
The online course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of government officials, so that they can effectively chair and negotiate at various types of meetings across the three Conventions.
BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences
The joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS COPs) takes place from 18 to 19 January 2023, in Geneve, Switzerland, addressing issues such as the theme and overall organization of the 2023 BRS COPs.
Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
All side events will be held during lunch breaks and in the evenings. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2023.
January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!
The newsletter is issued by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on a monthly basis.
Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!
Participants were invited to share anecdotes of cherished electric and electronic devices they should have disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!
Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies
The workshop will take place in Lagos, Nigeria, from 31 January to 2 February 2023. It is hosted by the Basel Coordinating Centre in Nigeria, with the support of the BRS Secretariat and the UN Environment and OCHA Joint Environment Unit.
Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed
Enforced by the Basel Convention and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the DEMETER operations have been taking place since 2009, with the aim of tackling transboundary trafficking in waste and ozone depleting substances, through the enhanced cooperation between custom...
2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training
Published on an annual basis, the report provides UN system-wide and entity-level data on environmental impact areas (greenhouse gas emissions, climate neutrality, waste, air pollution, water and wastewater, biodiversity) and management functions (environmental governance, procurement, human resourc...
International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions launches the Plastic Waste on the Peak storymap to raise awareness of plastic pollution in remote and mountainous areas.
Read it - Play it - Own it
The #PlasticIsForever social media challenge has been launched on Tik Tok. Share your score with us to win a hard copy of the Plastic is Forever photography book.
Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
Representatives from 120 countries, industry and civil society meet under the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership in Uruguay, ahead of the inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.
The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
On the occasion of the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting in Uruguay, a digital version of a photography book has been launched, featuring the finalist entries of the Plastic is Forever competition.
Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee meets for the first time
The Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee successfully concluded its inaugural meeting on 18 November 2022, following three days of intense deliberations.
2023 BRS COPs provisional agendas now available
Invitation letters to BRS COPs 2023 have been sent out to Parties.
Basel and Rotterdam Conventions’ Compliance Committees hold joint session
On 17 November 2022, the two Committees meet in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss systemic issues of general compliance that are of common interest.
UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate
The event was co-organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
The BRS Conventions address the importance of sustainably managing chemicals and wastes to combat climate change.
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