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Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 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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 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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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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Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

The objective of this webinar is to inform SAICM stakeholders of the 2nd meeting of the of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to participate fully in the related discussions. This webinar also serves to increase synergies in the implementation of SAICM and the chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan and Other Asian Countries

Come and learn how the e-waste collection system was put in place in Japan and other Asian countries. These sessions aim at sharing experience on how to establish such systems in the framework of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, presenting lessons learned and strategies to replicate this experience in other countries.

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The October  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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Outcome of the OEWG9

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders on the outcome of ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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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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The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new online tool for finding its many joint technical and scientific publications. The use of an integrated search engine combines publications from the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention processes for the first time, and enables interested browsers to search by keyword, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name under the Conventions.

The tool aims to better facilitate the sharing of key information about sustainable chemicals management amongst stakeholders, ease the work of Parties and Observers to the three Conventions, is the latest in the ongoing process of harmonisation and improvement of knowledge management within the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

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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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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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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.

Recording   14 October 2014

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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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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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