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Basel Convention Bureau discusses preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention will meet from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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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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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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Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

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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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Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents
Implementation and Compliance Committee invites parties and others to provide comments on guidance on inventories, the control system and illegal traffic take-back.

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Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices
The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

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Regional Centres aim to score a goal against chemical contamination
At annual joint meeting Regional Centres of the Basel and Stockholm conventions exchange plans for evaluating performance and sustainability

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Outcomes of the first 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 first 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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e-Waste Recycling Technologies Patent Landscape Report
Launch of the WIPO Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies, International Environment House II, 12 December 2013

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Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

Come and learn how Taiwan, province of China,  established its E-waste management system and on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulk plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present examples of E-waste management systems complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

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Mobile Phones and  the Environment
Photographic exhibition, 2 to 14 December 2013 at Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)
Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from E-Waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

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Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia
This webinar will present a private sector experience in Asia on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and other  E-wastes, as an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

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Final report of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention released
The final report has been published in the six official languages of the United Nations.

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Training extends conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons
A pilot training on chairing meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions will be offered in Glion, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014

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Electronic Reporting System makes reporting ‘a snap’
To ease the burden of reporting, the Secretariat has launched the new Electronic Reporting System  of the Basel Convention. Beginning 7 November 2013, the new Electronic Reporting System enables Parties to submit their annual national reports online.

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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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Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from E-Waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

 

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Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites dialogue with other compliance bodies
At its tenth meeting ICC will hold a special half-day session to promote a dialogue between eight MEA compliance bodies

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Revised technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of used and waste pneumatic tyres
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Guidance Elements for Detection, Prevention and Control of Illegal Traffic in Hazardous Waste
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6th Physical Meeting of the PACE Working Group promotes environmentally sound management of end-of-life computing equipment

The 6th physical meeting of the PACE Working Group was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 23 to 25 September 2013. The meeting was organized by the Basel Convention Regional Centre in South Africa.

The Working Group reviewed the status of activities under PACE, obtained reports from co-chairs of the six project groups on their priority activities, reviewed and approved the PACE budget, and discussed which short- and long-term role PACE should play in view of the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in matters related to e-waste.

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ENFORCE promotes compliance with the Basel Convention to combat illegal traffic in hazardous wastes

The first meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) will be held in Bangkok, 18-19 November 2013.

 

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Workshop on the prosecution of illegal traffic helps assess challenges in enforcing the Basel Convention

Legal responses to illegal traffic found to have merit, but opinions diverge on their effectiveness.

 

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Webinar: Feasibility study on alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling

A feasibility study commissioned by the Secretariat identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling.

 

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E-waste at the ITU Green Standards Week

A Forum on Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste examines best practice for designing e-waste management systems, Madrid, Spain, 16 September 2013.

 

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