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Countdown to the Triple COPs – Presidents’ Joint Meeting takes place in Geneva
The Presidents of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions met on 21 April 2015 to finalize arrangements for the preparation of the upcoming Triple COPs

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Countdown to the Triple COPs: FAO and the Rotterdam Convention

FAO’s Elisabetta Tagliati answers your questions on the Rotterdam Convention and the relationships between pesticides, agriculture and environment.

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As global attention focuses on the sound management of chemicals and waste, and as 1,500 delegates converge on Geneva in May 2015 for the triple COPs, the substantial and vital contributions from donors to the voluntary Trust Funds of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions are acknowledged as underpinning worldwide efforts towards protecting human health and the environment, through the fullest possible implementation of the three conventions.

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Interview with FAO’s Christine Fuell

Find out all about Rotterdam Convention implementation and the role of FAO in the latest of our interview series marking the Countdown to the Triple COPs.

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Register now for the COPs Excursion on Lake Geneva

The Government of Switzerland invites delegates of the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to join a boat cruise on Lake Geneva on Sunday, 10 May 2015. Registration is required.

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Countdown to the Triple COPs – Update on Stockholm listings

Ask Kei Ohno all you need to know about chemicals proposed to be newly listed at this year’s Conference of the Parties

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 COP President explores implementation of the Basel Convention

Read the new interview with Basel COP President Andrzej Jaguisiewicz to learn more about how Parties come together to further implementation of this key legal instrument on hazardous wastes

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New import and export control tool launched

Try the new tool for easy access to Party-specific information of relevance to transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes .

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Country-Led Initiative the focus for your questions

Ask Susan Wingfield how the CLI helps countries capture the benefits of improved waste management

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Controlling transboundary movements of hazardous wastes
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Manual for customs officers

The interactive Manual for Customs on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will enhance your knowledge of the three global treaties that contribute to safely managing the production, movement, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and wastes.

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International trade control measures under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

This leaflet provides an overview of the respective international trade control regimes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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First ever, interactive, online Synergies publication now available

Aiming to help Customs Authorities meet their responsibilities for protecting against the adverse impacts of hazardous chemicals and wastes, this is the first ever interactive BRS publication

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An African perspective: capacities and partnerships in focus

Join Professor Oladele Osibanjo as he describes the main capacity constraints, and partnership opportunities, for solving waste and chemicals issues in Africa

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Focus on regional issues - Your chance to ask-an-expert

Suman Sharma answers your questions on How does Technical Assistance assist Parties implement the Chemicals and Waste Conventions?

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Synergies for better managing the international trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes

New electronic leaflet provides an overview of the respective international trade control regimes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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For the first time, regional meetings help parties prepare for the triple COPs

Stakeholder meetings in Indonesia, Kenya, Slovakia and Uruguay are designed to assist identify regional priorities and develop regional positions ahead of the triple COPs in May.

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The role of partnerships and stakeholders in the sustainable management of chemicals and waste

Countdown to the Triple COPs: BRS’ Matthias Kern answers your questions on www.unep.org concerning implementing the Conventions through partnerships.

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Partnership is Key as BRS joins the Global Expanded Water Monitoring Initiative

Another example of how partnerships can further implementation of the Conventions, GEMI is an inter-agency initiative led by UN Habitat, UNEP and WHO, under the umbrella of UN Water.

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Gender – Why it matters and what BRS is doing

Kerstin Stendahl, BRS Deputy Executive Secretary, on how gender considerations are necessary for full implementation of the Conventions

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BRS' Tatiana Terekhova answers your question on Gender

Second in the popular Countdown to the Triple COPs series of UNEP “Expert-of-the-Day”, Tatiana explains the importance of gender for the sustainable management of chemicals and waste

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Technical Guidelines on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Ottawa, Canada, will host the next meeting of the Small Inter-Sessional Working Group on POPs, to be held from 17 to 19 March 2015, at which the Technical Guidelines will be further developed.

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Gender – UN urges more action to achieve equality

Gender in the spotlight: As the UN sets equality targets for 2030, find out what the BRS Secretariat is doing to achieve gender equality.

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Towards improved inventories on hazardous wastes

The Expert Group Meeting on a Generic Inventory Tool for Hazardous Wastes, in Geneva from 12 - 13 March 2015, will lead to progress towards better monitoring and management of hazardous waste

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Interview: Science as the Bottom Line

Abiola Olanipekun, Chief of the BRS Scientific Support Branch, explains that rigorous and inclusive scientific processes underpin the 3 conventions

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BRS’ Mario Yarto explains how new chemicals get listed on www.unep.org

As part of the “Countdown to the Triple COPs” on UNEP’s Ask-an-Expert interactive portal, ask BRS Programme Officer Mario Yarto all you need to know about how the chemical listings processes work.

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Science-based decision-making key to the COPs

For three days on the margins of the COPs, the BRS Secretariat and its partners will present the scientific basis for sustainable management of chemicals and waste, at the Science Fair, 7-9 May 2015.

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Interim Guidelines for the implementation of decision V/32 on
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 Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM
The third meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 21-23 January 2015

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Briefing on Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions COPs in 2015

The online briefings aim at providing parties, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the issues that will be discussed during the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, to be held in Geneva, from 4-15 May 2015.

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Outcomes of the third 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 third meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

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Harmonization of E-waste statistics comes a step closer

UN organizations introduce guidelines for classification, reporting and indicators to capture the most important elements of E-waste.

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Revised draft glossary of terms available for comments

Comments from parties and others on the revised glossary of terms are invited by 15 March 2015.

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Invitation by comments by 30 January 2015.

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Call for applications by 31 December 2014.

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Pre-session documents for the three COPs now available

Pre-session documents for the three COPs, including programmes of work and proposed budgets for the biennium 2016-2017, are available on the Secretariat websites.

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Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

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Tackling informality in e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises - an ILO report

Come and learn how cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations can contribute to formalizing the e-waste recycling informal sector. The cases of Brazil, India, Serbia and Bolivia will be presented and discussed. These sessions aim to share experience on how to improve occupational safety and health, providing decent jobs and better income to informal workers in the e-waste recycling sector.

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UNIDO Programme on WEEE in Latin America

These sessions aim at sharing details of the UNIDO approach to e-waste management. They also aim at presenting the programme on strengthening of national initiatives and enhancement of regional cooperation for the environmentally sound management of POPs in waste of electronic or electrical equipment (WEEE) in Latin-American countries; programme that is currently under development.

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Science Fair will accompany the COPs, Geneva, 7-9th May, 2015
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce it will stage a Science Fair, reflecting the COP Theme of “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow, from  7-9th May, 2015.

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Regional Centres meet to enhance cooperation and coordination
The Annual joint meeting of Regional Centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions takes place in Geneva on 27-28 November 2014.

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Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

The meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 19-20 

January 2015

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Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs
At their joint meeting on 11-12 November, the bureaux successfully laid foundations for the forthcoming COPs. An advance version of the schedule is now available.

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Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015.

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Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.

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Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
Deposit of instrument by Congo brings total number of ratifications to 80 Parties!

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Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.

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National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Basel Convention online. The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the electronic reporting system.

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Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs
The bureaux will meet from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss preparations for the 2015 COPs.

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Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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