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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

The Secretariat is calling for applications by 26 November 2015 for two consultancies: one to assist the Implementation and Compliance Committee with its work on the control system, the other on the matter of the review of the Annexes to the Convention. Please view the Secretariat’s Communication and the terms of reference for the consultancies.

Consultancy announcements

 

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

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Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes

Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes

A concept paper and questionnaire are now online, in six languages, to gather feedback on the review of Annexes IV and related aspects of Annex IX, I and III.

Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes

Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes
 
Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP

Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP

The report of the meeting of the COP-13 Bureau held on 11 and 12 July is now available.

Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP

Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP
 
Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention

Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention

Bringing the number of parties to 184, Tajikistan has acceded to the Convention, with an entry into force of 28 September 2016.

Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention

Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention
 
Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”

Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”

Secretariat launches online consultation process for enhanced science-policy mainstreaming, deadline 31 August 2016.

Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”

Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”
 
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Mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders on the Mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Framework and on the collection of information that the Secretariat is launching, following a decisions taken at the tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group

Mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021

Mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021
 
Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste

Government, civil society, and international organisations exchange best practices and highlight shared challenges on E-waste in eastern Europe and central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste

Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste
 
Synergies review: e-surveys launched

E-surveys are now available online to gather data and feedback on the synergies process.

Synergies review: e-surveys launched

Synergies review: e-surveys launched
 
Basel Ban Amendment moves further forward as South Africa ratifies

South Africa becomes the latest to deposit its ratification with the Depository in New York, bringing Parties a step closer to entry into force of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment.

Basel Ban Amendment moves further forward as South Africa ratifies

Basel Ban Amendment moves further forward as South Africa ratifies
 
Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance

Twelfth meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee adopts 12 decisions and tackles a wide range of general issues.

Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance

Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance
 
Basel Convention meetings point way forwards for sustainable management of waste

A Press Release is now available summarising major outcomes of the OEWG-10 and ICC-12 meetings, held in Nairobi from 30 May to 2 June and 4 to 6 June 2016, respectively.

Basel Convention meetings point way forwards for sustainable management of waste

Basel Convention meetings point way forwards for sustainable management of waste
 
UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

Resolutions on the sound management of chemicals and waste, marine litter, and the role of MEAs among resolutions agreed by UN member states at UNEA in Nairobi, 23 - 27 May 2016.

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2
 
New Director for BCCC Africa

The Government of Nigeria in consultation with the Secretariat has appointed Professor Percy C. Onianwa as the new director of Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa effective 23 May 2016.

New Director for BCCC Africa

New Director for BCCC Africa
 
Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean

Find out about the Basel Regional Centre for the Caribbean, located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean

Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean

By decision BC-III/19, the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention in 1995 selected Trinidad and Tobago as the location to establish a regional centre for the Caribbean sub-region. This resulted in the establishment of Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC Caribbean) in 1998. The Centre is hosted by the Government of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which supports with technical, financial and administrative support. A Framework Agreement for its establishment was signed between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on behalf of the Conference of the Parties in 2004.

Consequently, the BCRC Caribbean now functions as an autonomous regional institution and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and incorporated under Act Number 2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre provides services to its Caribbean Contracting Member Parties to enable them to fulfil their obligations under the Convention. The parties thus served are:  Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The BCRC-Caribbean has been entrusted by its contracting parties to assist them to comply with and implement the provisions and mandates of the chemicals and waste agenda as defined by the various MEAs acceded to by its member states. Such requirements have led to the expansion of the knowledge base and service delivery of the BCRC-Caribbean to its member states beyond its traditional Convention boundaries. Presently, the Centre operates within this increased scope and its work plan, as defined in its biennial Business Plans developed in consultation with its member states, focuses on a more holistic approach to chemicals and waste management for the Caribbean Region. Some of the examples of its recent undertakings include:

  • Caribbean Sub-regional Workshop in Support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • Caribbean Sub-Regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans and POPs Wastes under the Stockholm Convention
  • Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean
  • Regional implementation of the GEF-funded Full-Sized Project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean.'

The last example demonstrates how it has evolved and enhanced its capacity to implement a full sized GEF project. The BCRC Caribbean and the UNIDO have collaborated in order to develop and implement a full-sized GEF funded project entitled 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean' (GEF 5558 Project). The project was developed in light of the shortcomings faced by Caribbean countries in implementing the Stockholm Convention and addressing the threats posed by POPs to human and environmental health at the national level.

The BCRC-Caribbean performs all of these activities, as they pertain to its regional role, under the general guidance and in coordination with the BRS Secretariat. Simultaneously, the activities of the Centre are coordinated by the Secretariat along with the work of other BCRCs/SCRCs and with other relevant activities of the Parties to the Convention, international organizations, programmes, funds, and other institutions.

For more information on this and the other Regional Centres, please visit the BRS Secretariat website.

A Caribbean View: Latest BRS interview takes us to Trinidad and Tobago

Read all about the big issues for the Caribbean in this interview with Dr Ahmad Khan.

A Caribbean View: Latest BRS interview takes us to Trinidad and Tobago

A Caribbean View: Latest BRS interview takes us to Trinidad and Tobago
 
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