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 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 30 April 2021)</span>
 

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 30 April 2021)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 30 April 2021)</span>
 
New BRS film on plastic waste shines spotlight on the collection of used plastic fishing nets in Ghana
Watch how BRS and partners pilot a collection scheme in Ghana to keep plastic fishing nets out of our oceans.

New BRS film on plastic waste shines spotlight on the collection of used plastic fishing nets in Ghana

New BRS film on plastic waste shines spotlight on the collection of used plastic fishing nets in Ghana
 
Online regional preparations for the online segment of the 2021 COPs begin with the African and Eastern European meetings
With thanks to Norway and Switzerland for funding support, African and Eastern European countries come together online in May, to prepare for the online segment of the 2021 COPs.

Online regional preparations for the online segment of the 2021 COPs begin with the African and Eastern European meetings

Online regional preparations for the online segment of the 2021 COPs begin with the African and Eastern European meetings
 
Outcomes of the resumed session of the Joint Bureaux meeting are now online
The report of the resumed session of the joint meeting of the COPs Bureaux, held online on 26 February 2021, is now available online.

Outcomes of the resumed session of the Joint Bureaux meeting are now online

Outcomes of the resumed session of the Joint Bureaux meeting are now online
 
Triple COPs 2021: The first batch of pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, are now online
Pre-session documents for the online segment of the Triple COPs, including the proposed interim programmes of work & proposed budgets for the conventions for 2022, now available.

Triple COPs 2021: The first batch of pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, are now online

Triple COPs 2021: The first batch of pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, are now online
 
Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
The UNEP Special Programme, open until August 2021, supports governments to implement the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions.

Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste

Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the BRS Secretariat launch a new wave of practical pilot projects on better managing plastic waste
The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS) are moving forward with the roll-out of over 50 pilot projects across the world. The initiative fosters the introduction of practical innovations to policymaking in the form of changes to business-as-usual prompted by the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments, which became effective on 1 January this year.

The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the BRS Secretariat launch a new wave of practical pilot projects on better managing plastic waste

The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the BRS Secretariat launch a new wave of practical pilot projects on better managing plastic waste

Geneva, 6th April 2021: The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS) are moving forward with the roll-out of over 50 pilot projects across the world. The initiative fosters the introduction of practical innovations to policymaking in the form of changes to business-as-usual prompted by the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments, which became effective on 1 January this year.

The urgency for tackling plastic waste pollution was noted at the recent UN Environment Assembly, held in Nairobi and online. “Tackling chemical pollution and waste is a critical journey in finding solutions for climate change and biodiversity,” noted BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet during the Leadership Dialogues of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5). Payet went on to urge governments and the international community to ensure that “building back better” after the COVID-19 pandemic does not revert to “building back the same”.

Many projects are kicked off through the framework of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, a new platform comprising more than a hundred actors from governments, private sector and civil society organisations collectively seeking solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Yet more pilots are funded through the Convention’s Small Grants Programme, developed to build local capacities in addressing plastic waste through the implementation of the Basel Convention.

Overall, the projects focus on the environmentally sound management of plastic waste, the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic waste, and the control of transboundary movements of plastic waste. They represent an excellent vehicle to usher in practical considerations brought on by the implementation of the Plastic Waste Amendments, accelerating efforts to ensure waste plastics are only traded with countries that have the necessary infrastructure to allow for the environmentally sound management of plastic waste.

The BRS Secretariat is grateful to the governments of France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, together with the Norwegian Agency for Development (Norad) and the Norwegian Retailer’s Environment Fund, for providing financial resources to enable these projects to be rolled out across the world.

The Plastic Waste Partnership co-Chairs Ole Thomas Thommesen (Norway) and Ross Bartley (Bureau of International Recycling) expressed their confidence that “this initial number of pilot projects will go a long way in generating practical solutions and knowledge-sharing, and ultimately support countries to become more self-sufficient when it comes to managing plastic waste locally.”

NOTES for EDITORS:

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is the most comprehensive international environment treaty on hazardous and other wastes and is almost universal, with 188 Parties. With an overarching objective of protecting human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes, its scope covers a wide range of wastes defined as hazardous based on their origin and/or composition and characteristics, as well as three types of waste defined as “other wastes”, namely household waste, residues arising from the incineration of household wastes ash and certain plastic wastes requiring special consideration. For more info see www.basel.int

The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership (PWP) currently has more than 100 members from government, civil society and the private sector, and four project groups through which pilot projects and other activities, including public awareness and outreach, are implemented. For more on the PWP see: http://www.basel.int/tabid/8096  

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, or BRS Secretariat, supports Parties implement the three leading multilateral environment agreements governing chemicals and waste management, in order to protect human health and the environment. See www.brsmeas.org for more information and follow the @brsmeas twitter feed for daily news.

Contacts

For technical questions on plastic waste, contact:
Kei Ohno Woodall, Programme Officer, BRS Secretariat, Kei.ohno@un.org Tel: +41-79-2333218

For Plastic Waste Partnership enquiries, contact:
Susan Wingfield and Melisa Lim, Programme Officer, BRS Secretariat, susan.wingfield@un.org and melisa.lim@un.org

For enquiries related to the Plastic Waste Amendments, contact:
Melisa Lim and Yvonne Ewang, melisa.lim@un.org and Yvonne.ewang@un.org

For media enquiries, interviews, & more information, contact:
Charlie Avis: Public Information Officer, BRS Secretariat, Charles.avis@un.org Tel: +41-79-7304495

Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions
Information sought to guide activities on tackling waste in mountain regions, organised by GRID Arendal, together with UNEP & BRS.

Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions

Have your say in the first ever global survey on waste in mountainous regions
 
On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
Read our Gender Heroes series for inspiring stories of women’s leadership on implementing at local levels the global agreements for a healthy planet.

On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste

On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
The BRS COP Bureaux have agreed at their resumed joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to hold the Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10, back-to-back in two segments: an online segment in 2021 and a face-to-face segment in 2022.

BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs

BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
 
Stockholm Convention implementation priorities highlighted by The GEF’s guest blog
Read the new Global Environment Facility “Guest Blog” by BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, for news of upcoming priorities for implementing global agreements for a healthy planet.

Stockholm Convention implementation priorities highlighted by The GEF’s guest blog

Stockholm Convention implementation priorities highlighted by The GEF’s guest blog
 
BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021
Watch Rolph Payet’s video address, which focusses on the environmental dimension for building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.

BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021

BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021
 
BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
Register now for the “Tackling plastic waste through the Basel Convention” UNEA-5 Side Event, kicking off at 1330 Geneva time on Thursday 18 February.

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
 
Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
Webinars cover the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Small Grants Projects, & Strategic Framework Final Evaluation Report; the Rotterdam Convention’s export notification system; & outcomes from the Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-16 meeting.

Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation

Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
 
Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe
Thanks to funding support from the Norwegian development agency Norad, BRS regional centres are implementing practical projects on the environmentally sound management of plastic waste.

Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe

Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe
 
Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15
The webinars will provide an overview of the main conclusions and recommendations set out in the report on the final evaluation of the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021 which will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting.

Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15

Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15
 
Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste
An electronic questionnaire has been sent by the Plastic Waste Partnership to Parties and stakeholders regarding best practices and enabling conditions for improving the collection, separation and recycling of plastic waste. Deadline: 28 February 2021.

Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste

Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste
 
Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments
This webinar will provide an overview of the activities of the project group on transboundary movements of plastic waste established under the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership (PWP). It will also highlight the information collected by the project group related to national and international specifications for shipments of plastic waste destined for recycling, as referred to in decision BC-14/12 (“Plastic Waste Amendments”). Presentations by stakeholders from government and i...

Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments

Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste
The Basel Convention’s Follow-up Partnership to PACE invites project proposals promoting sound alternatives to open-pit burning of e-waste and harmful recycling operations, with a deadline of 20 February 2021.

Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste

Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste
 
Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
The proposals come in addition to the proposals to amend Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention and the proposals to amend Annexes A, B and/or C of the Stockholm Convention communicated on 15 December 2020.

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
 
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