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All for one and one for all!
Celebrating ten years of collaboration in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
Rolph Payet joins world leaders in discussing plastic waste management
In the lead-up to UNEA-5.2, BRS Secretariat Executive Secretary addresses the positive impact of the Plastic Waste Amendments on curbing plastic pollution.
Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
Join us in the fight against gender bias that holds girls back from studying STEM, and impedes women from pursuing successful careers in science fields.
Send your submissions for the Generation Connect E-Waste Iconathon by 18 March 2022!
ITU is organising an icon design contest to raise awareness about the global e-waste issue, leveraging the participation of youth. The BRS Secretariat is proud to support the initiative.
Experts recommend eliminating toxic pesticide methoxychlor, a DDT substitute, as Stockholm Convention POPRC17 meeting concludes in Geneva and online
The 17th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee also took steps towards the elimination of the plastic additive UV-328 and 4 other toxic chemicals.
Reports of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention COPs (online segments) are now available in all UN languages
The reports are available to view or download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.
Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022
The Executive Secretary and team whish you Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022.
Validating Argentina’s recycling efforts
The Basel Convention Regional Center for South America launches protocol for the certification of recycling plants managing plastic materials.
BRS in the 10th Green Standards Week
BRS Deputy Executive Secretary will open the High-level Dialogue on Sustainable E-waste Management and Circular Economy in Latin America. Register here.
Mountains of Plastic
Spotlight on rampant plastic pollution in the mountains, as experts explore ways forward on the occasion of the 2021 International Mountain Day.
Launch of the Stockholm Convention Electronic Reporting System for 5th reporting cycle
The questionnaire, which has been revised to include reporting on additional chemicals, is now available to Parties through in all six UN official languages. Join one of our webinars on 6 or 8 December to learn more about it!
New Greening the Blue report highlights steps taken to lessen UN family’s environmental footprint, and impact of COVID-19
The BRS Secretariat, one of 56 UN entities included in the report, is carbon neutral for the 8th year in a row.
Press Release: Unsound management of chemicals and wastes underpins runaway climate change
As the climate change COP-26 opens in Glasgow, the new BRS Press Release highlights the linkages between chemicals, waste, and climate change.
UN Palais des Nations in Geneva turns green as key climate change talks begin at COP-26, 1 November 2021
Landmark building illuminated by Basel Convention green to highlight links between climate change and chemicals and waste, including plastic waste.
Grenada becomes a Party to the Basel, Rotterdam, & Stockholm Conventions
Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions continue to move towards universal coverage as Grenada deposits its instruments of accession, with entry into force on 13 January, 2022.
Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics
This compilation of eye-catching graphics, developed by UNEP, GRID-Arendal and the BRS Secretariat, aims to provide a complete overview of the global challenges related to marine litter and plastic waste through a condensed descriptions of key thematic areas and eye-catching graphics.
The end of DDT?
Historic WHO announcement on a malaria vaccine, and recent recommendations of the Stockholm Convention’s Expert Group, give grounds for optimism that DDT could soon be phased out forever.
E-waste in the context of a sustainable digital transformation in Africa and in Latin America: webinars 28-30 September 2021
Join these webinars, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNECE, BRS and other partners, discuss challenges and opportunities offered by a digital transformation.
BREAKING NEWS: Scientists recommend listing hazardous pesticides terbufos and iprodione in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention
The 17th meeting of the Chemicals Review Committee ended online today, with experts recommending the listing of a further two pesticides by the Rotterdam Convention COP-12 in 2023
BRS highlights interactions between plastic waste and food through social media campaign
Click to view the new social media cards, produced as a contribution to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, 23 to 24 September, in New York and online.
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