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Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
Find all about the proposal to amend Articles 7, 10, 11 and 22 of the Rotterdam Convention and to add a new Annex VIII, join the webinars scheduled on 9 and 14 March 2023
The objective of these webinars is for the proponents and co-sponsors to provide information on their proposal to amend Articles 7, 10, 11 and 22 of the Rotterdam Convention and to add a new Annex VIII which will be considered by the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention during its e...

Find all about the proposal to amend Articles 7, 10, 11 and 22 of the Rotterdam Convention and to add a new Annex VIII, join the webinars scheduled on 9 and 14 March 2023

Find all about the proposal to amend Articles 7, 10, 11 and 22 of the Rotterdam Convention and to add a new Annex VIII, join the webinars scheduled on 9 and 14 March 2023
 
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...

Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!

Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
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...

Outcomes of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee and the Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee meetings

Outcomes of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee and the Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee meetings
 
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.

New online course on chairing BRS meetings

New online course on chairing BRS meetings
 
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.

BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences

BRS COPs Bureaux hold joint meeting to decide on key elements of the upcoming conferences
 
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.

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
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.

January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!

January 2023 issue of the BRS Highlights is out!
 
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.

Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!

Winners of our e-waste storytelling competition announced!
 
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

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.

Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies

Sub-regional workshop on hazardous wastes and chemicals emergencies
 
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...

Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed

Operation DEMETER VIII successfully completed
 
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...

2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training

2022 Greening the Blue report reveals UN accelerating efforts on environmental governance and environmental training

Highlighting the environmental impact of over 307,000 personnel in 53 reporting UN entities, the Greening the Blue Report 2022 was published on 14 December 2022.

United Nations (UN) System entities have received the message: we need to implement an environmental management system (EMS) by 2025. Greening the Blue 2022 examines the UN System’s environmental footprint using 2021 data, and indicates how UN entities are ramping up their efforts to meet the 2025 EMS deadline.

In comparison to 2020, double the number of UN entities have met EMS requirements in 2021. Moreover, a 2% increase was observed in entities approaching requirements from 2020 to 2021. In total, 33% of UN entitles have already met or approached the 2025 target.

The annual Greening the Blue 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 resources) identified in the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations System 2020-2030, Phase I: Environmental Sustainability in the Area of Management (Sustainability Strategy I). The Sustainability Strategy I acknowledges the importance of EMS as a vital mechanism for achieving all other indicators of environmental sustainability, and has therefore established a separate targeted deadline for implementing it. The rest of the indicators have a targeted deadline of implementation for 2030.

Environmental management is integrated with existing UN capacity-building and accountability frameworks. This objective is supported by the commitment to increase understanding and skills among UN personnel, so they can “walk the talk”. Capacity-building, therefore, plays a critical role in transitioning operations and management for a more sustainable UN, which is why the Sustainability Strategy indicates that each entity should deliver environmental training to personnel.

Between 2020 and 2021, there was a 6% increase in entities providing voluntary training and a 9% increase in entities making training mandatory for all personnel. In 2021, a total 46% of entities had made environmental training available for staff.

BRS Secretariat performance

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) is currently developing an EMS, taking into account the experience of other Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the UN Environment Programme as a whole.  That being the case, completing the Greening the Blue tutorial has become mandatory for all BRS personnel.

In 2021, the operations of the BRS Secretariat and facilities emitted 53 tonnes of CO2eq in total or 0.8 tonnes CO2eq per capita, which is below the UN average of 4.1 tCO2eq per capita. Breaking down these emissions by source, 74% derived from air travel, 2% came from other travel, and the remaining 27% came from operating the BRS Secretariat facilities. The Secretariat is also pleased to announce its climate neutrality for the 9th year in a row, meaning that it offsets 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions. All of the above data and much more is available here.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

For more information on the methodologies and data collection used, please visit greeningtheblue.org/methodology.

For more information on the methodology related to travel emissions provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, please visit the ICAO website.

For information on climate neutrality, please visit the UNFCCC website

For more information on the BRS Secretariat performance, please contact:
BRS Secretariat Programme Officer Marylene Beau, marylene.beau@un.org
BRS Secretariat Programme Officer Giovana Chiodi Moire, giovanna.chiodi@un.org

For media enquiries, please contact :
BRS Secretariat Associate Public Information Officer, Marisofi Giannouli, marisofi.giannouli@un.org

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.

International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?

International Mountain Day 2022: do you know how much plastic is on our mountain peaks?
 
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.

Read it - Play it - Own it

Read it - Play it - Own it
 
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