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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.

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

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.

In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.

Dr. Payet will take up his new duties in Geneva on 6 October 2014.

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Announcements

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, which can be found HERE, 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.

New Tool Goes Live for Finding Technical and Scientific Publications

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, which can be found HERE, 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.

Call for Applications by 15 August 2014.

Development of visual identity of modules for training and capacity building – Consultancy Announcement

Call for Applications by 15 August 2014.

The deadline for submissions is extended until 19 September 2014.


Basel Convention questionnaire on technical assistance needs assessment for 2014

The deadline for submissions is extended until 19 September 2014.

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 

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Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

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.

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

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.
Eleventh meeting of the ICC will be held from  22 to 24 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland

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.

Eleventh meeting of the ICC will be held from 22 to 24 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland

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

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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 September  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.

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

The September  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.

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.

Preparations for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: Report of the 22-23 May 2014 Bureau Meeting now available

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.
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.

Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)

Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)
 
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.

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

Webinar on the intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC)
 
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   23 September 2014

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

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

1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest

1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest

The 1st concert "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet," took place on June 29, 2014, at Selectos Supermarket in the city of Soyapango, Department of San Salvador, El Salvador, very successfully despite competing with the World Cup match. The event included dance performances, singing, entertainment and contests. Nearly 300 people enjoyed a happy family afternoon, while collaborating with the rescue of our planet, bringing materials such as paper, plastic, and electrical and electronic equipment for recycling in an environmentally sound and safe manner. The innovative aspect of this event was that in addition to the attractive combination of recreational activities, the concert ticket was paid for with electronic waste, paper or used vehicle batteries, giving an opportunity to the public to perform a specific action that contributes to the rescue of our planet.

"Music for the Earth / Safe Planet" was a festival that included a costume contest made ​​from recyclable materials, with the active participation of the community. The attendants enjoyed different shows such as Belly Dancing (Group Rashad), Chimbombín clown, rock music with Crixus , folk music led by Miguel Araujo and salsa music with Salzón group. The magazine Guanaquín from the local newspaper, El Diario de Hoy, contributed with face painting while José Matías Delgado University gave a recyclable materials crafting class. All entertainers and suppliers donated their contributions and participations for the sake of raising awareness within the Soyapango Community of the need to protect our planet.

This event was organized by a public-private partnership formed by Super Selectos, Encanto, Autoconsa, the Basel Convention Regional Center of the Basel Convention for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM), the NGO SalvaNATURA, Recicladora Centroamericana, Acumuladores Iberia, the Central American Commission for the Environment and Development / Central American Integration System (CCAD / SICA),  Safe Planet: the United Nations Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes (Safe Planet), Soyapango City Hall, the Salvadoran Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Energy and Climate Partnership and the State Department of the United States through its Energy & Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA).

The success of "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet" has led organizers to consider making new editions in El Salvador in the coming months and bring this form of educational entertainment – or ‘edutainment’ – and rescue actions of our planet to other Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Moreover, the powerful concept of this innovative entertainment / education / action, its link with the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign and the viral circulation of information on the Safe Planet Facebook community page could facilitate taking "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet" to other regions of the world.

BCRC-CAM receives financial support from the government of El Salvador for its core operations and facilitates cooperation at national, regional and international levels to promote training programs and technology transfer for the environmentally sound management of materials, substances and wastes in Central America and Mexico by working closely with governments, the private sector, NGOs and academia. BCRC-CAM is located in the Executive Secretariat of the CCAD, within the General Secretariat SICA.

See BCRC-CAM´s sites on the web: www.sica.int/crcbcam, www.facebook.com/CRCBCAM, www.twitter.com/crcbcam, www.youtube.com/crcbcam, www.blogspot.com/crcbcam.

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.

Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico to Participate in the 4th IEMN Annual Meeting

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.
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.

Colombia ratifies the Ban Amendment

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.
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.

 

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

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.

 

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

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

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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Webinar: Feasibility study on alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling
Webinar, on 8 October 2013

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

Webinar, on 8 October 2013


Background

A feasibility study, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and funded by the European Commission, identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling.  The study builds on the findings of a case study, also commissioned by the Secretariat in 2012, which identified the operational, procedural and infrastructural requirements for existing facilities to work towards compliance with the Basel Convention and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. 

The following activities formed part of the feasibility study:

  1. a review of current ship recycling methods and identification of cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to beaching. This work included consultations with those ship recycling facilities employing environmentally sound alternatives and with ship owners who utilise such facilities;
  2. a field mission to facilities employing alternative methods of ship recycling to establish the parameters (operational, procedural, infrastructural) of such methods; and
  3. development of a feasibility report providing: models of alternative environmentally sound ship recycling operations; identification of potential partners and sites for the establishment of such facilities; and a costing estimate for the establishment and operation of such facilities.

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Recent meetings

September 2014
Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014


Venue: International Environment House I (IEH-I), room 3, 11-13, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Schedule : The meeting will be opened at 10 a.m, following a meeting of the Bureau scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Highlights: The Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting the Implementation and Compliance is expected to continue the consideration of its 2014-2015 work programme. As requested by the Conference of the Parties, the Committee is to give priority to dealing with specific submissions regarding party implementation and compliance received or initiated in accordance with paragraph 9 of the terms of reference. In this context, the Committee is expected to consider two submissions received from Parties, namely the Central African Republic and Oman. The Committee is also expected to consider submissions regarding the following 11 Parties: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Palau, Somalia, Swaziland and Togo. Other issues pertaining to specific submissions include the implementation fund, the evaluation of the amendment to paragraph 9 (c) of the terms of reference, and the review of the Committee’s legal framework programme. The Committee is also expected to consider general issues of implementation and compliance pertaining to national reporting, development of inventories, legislation, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance, bond and guarantee, as well as the Manual for the implementation of the Convention. Four guidance documents will be considered for adoption and onward transmission to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Registration: Monday 22 September 2014 from 9 a.m.

Working language: English.

Paperless meeting: The meeting will be paperless: printed documents will not be available, all pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website.

Funding: Funding for the meeting is provided by the Governments of Japan and Switzerland.

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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014


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. The venue will be Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) http://www.cicg.ch/.

Working language: Please note that pursuant to paragraph 2 of decision BC-11/19, on Tuesday, 16 September, and Friday, 19 September, simultaneous interpretation into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish will be provided in plenary sessions. On Wednesday, 17 September, and Thursday, 18 September, technical meetings, including contact group meetings, will be held in English only. 

Highlights: The Open-ended Working Group will consider a number of issues related to the implementation of the Convention, as set out in the Work Programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2014–2015 approved by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Among others, the Open-ended Working Group will review updated technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutants waste, mercury waste and e-waste. The Working Group will also consider the outcome of intersessional work on the national reporting format, the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes and providing further legal clarity. Furthermore, the Working Group will consult with the Implementation and Compliance Committee and prepare recommendations on options for operations of the Open-ended Working Group.

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Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia
Webinar, 9 September 2014

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia

Webinar, 9 September 2014


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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August 2014
OEWG9 preparatory briefing
Webinar, 28 August 2014

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

Webinar, 28 August 2014


The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers to enable them to fully participate in the discussions at the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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OEWG9 preparatory briefing
Webinar, 26 August 2014

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

Webinar, 26 August 2014


The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers to enable them to fully participate in the discussions at the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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July 2014
Sub-regional workshop on reporting obligations under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
Dakar, Senegal, 6 - 8 July 2014

Sub-regional workshop on reporting obligations under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions

Dakar, Senegal, 6 - 8 July 2014


Background: Parties to the Basel Convention are required to transmit to the Secretariat, at the end of each calendar year, their respective national reports pursuant to Article 13, paragraph 3. The national report questionnaire contains qualitative and quantitative information. This is a mechanism that allows Parties to share information with each other and it also indicates the level of the implementation of the Basel Convention.  The focal points of the Basel Convention, at the national level, are responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16.

Parties to the Stockholm Convention are to transmit national reports to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention every four years. The reports contain qualitative information on the measures taken to implement the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures. Additionally, Parties are required to report quantitative information which includes statistical data on the production, import and export of the chemicals listed in Annexes A and B, among others.

Based on these obligations, the Secretariat has developed electronic reporting systems, one for each convention, where Parties can report directly online.

Organized by: The training is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar. The Government of Norway and the European Union have kindly provided the funding for the training course.

Working language(s): French is the working language of the training.

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