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Preparations for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: Report of the 22-23 May 2014 Bureau Meeting now available
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss, inter alia, preparations for next year’s Conference of the Parties. The Meeting Report is now available.

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OEWG9 preparatory briefing

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to fully participate in the related discussions. It is also to provide general information on the forthcoming Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee.

Recording  26 August 2014

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Announcing the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:

Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 5 September 2014.

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Eleventh meeting of the ICC will be held from  22 to 24 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland
The Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) is expected to consider 13 specific submissions and to review general issues of implementation and compliance.

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Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)
The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

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Webinar on the intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC)

The webinar will cover the introduction on activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and the POPRC, the intersessional work of the CRC and the process and methodology for drafting DGDs.

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Draft guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention

The objectives of the webinar are to disseminate the content of the draft guidance document. Also, the webinar aims at highlighting areas where information exchange on chemicals under review of these scientific bodies could enhance synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia during the post Disaster Reconstruction

The objective of this webinar is to share the experience gained by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia and the participating countries, after the completion of the project. The session aims at disseminating the tools and methodologies developed in the framework of the project and at sharing lessons learned on the ESM of asbestos wastes.

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The August issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

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Call for Applications by 15 August 2014.

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1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest
Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico and partners provide innovative edutainment to engage families on sound management of waste

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Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico to Participate in the 4th IEMN Annual Meeting
To exchange information and best practices on e-waste management, the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico has been invited to the 4th International E-Waste Management Network Annual Meeting to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 14 to 17 July 2014.

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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group to be held during 25th anniversary year of the Basel Convention

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) will be held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. 



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The deadline for submissions is extended until 19 September 2014.


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Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity finalizes the glossary of terms
The outcome of the first meeting of the Group, held in Montreux, Switzerland, will be considered by the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on 16-19 Sept. 2014.

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Colombia ratifies the Ban Amendment
Scoring a goal for environmentally sound management of wastes, Colombia’s action raises the total number of Parties to the Ban Amendment to 79.

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Parties and other stakeholders are invited to provide the information requested to the Secretariat at the latest by 30 June 2014.



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Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.

 

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Technical Guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes: status of work and future plans

This webinar aims to share progress made in the development of the technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes with Parties and interested stakeholders.

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Webinar on How to enhance PCB inventories: Identifying PCBs in closed and open applications

The objectives of this webinar are to provide guidance to Parties on how to enhance their current PCB inventories, raising awareness of existing guidance materials on the environmentally sound management of PCBs.

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Outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

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Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management considers key actions and priorities

The second meeting of the expert working group will be held from 29 to 31 May 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The expert working group is expected to elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management, and consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. 

The Parties to the Basel Convention at their 11th meeting mandated the expert working group as part of follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Convention.             

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May Webinars shine light on candidate POPs under review and PCBs inventories

Join the Webinars on Chemicals under Review by POPRC, 6 May, and enhancing PCB inventories, 13 and 15 May 2014.

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Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

This webinar aims at providing in depth information on the trends in patenting e-waste recycling and material recovery technologies worldwide, learning about patenting of e-waste recycling technologies and real-world applicability of patents in the commercial world.

Recording   22 May 2014

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Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity seeks consistent interpretation of Basel terminology

The first meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group will be held on 2 and 3 June 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.



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Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

The UNEP Executive Director has issued a vacancy announcement  to recruit a new Executive Secretary. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2014.

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The deadline for applications 11 April 2014.

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Call for Applications by 7 April 2014.

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Call for Applications by 7 April 2014

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First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste
INTERPOL and the BRS Secretariat launch e-learning module to help law enforcement officers identify and prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes

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17 participants strengthened their skills at the training session on chairing meetings of all conventions
Training contributes to gender and regional diversity in conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons

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Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released
Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the draft technical guidelines by the specified deadlines.

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Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level

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Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms
Parties and others are invited to provide comments on 1st draft glossary of terms prepared by the small intersessional working group on legal clarity

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Retirement Announcement

Dear friends and colleagues,

As presaged during the 2013 Conferences of the Parties, I will be retiring from UNEP effective the end of March, 2014. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for the support you have given to me and the secretariat these past three years.

The UNEP Executive Director has issued a vacancy announcement  to recruit a new Executive Secretary.

Best regards,

Jim Willis

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Zayed International Prize Honours Top Environmentalists
Colombia’s Paula Caballero Gómez is recognized as having been instrumental in the early conceptualization and promotion of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Call for applications by Monday 10 February 2014.

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São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention
The accession of São Tomé and Príncipe raises the number of Parties to the Convention to 181.

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Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment
The Global workshop on 18 – 19 February 2014 is being organized with the support of BCRC-South Africa.

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Big clean-up of WEEE processing
The launch of the full scale in December 2013 was a result of several years of planning, awareness raising & capacity building in Kenya and across Africa.

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Call for applications by Tuesday 4 February 2014.

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Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III
Customs officials continue to demonstrate leadership in preventing and combating the illegal trafficking of hazardous wastes.

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Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open
Global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide is accepting nominations by 31 December 2014.

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Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention
The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

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NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.

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