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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.             

Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management considers key actions and priorities

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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Announcements

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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Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) Project

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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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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.
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

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

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.

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)
 
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.

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

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
 
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.

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

The August 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.

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.
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Upcoming meetings

Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Geneva, Switzerland, from 28 April to 10 May 2013

Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Geneva, Switzerland, from 28 April to 10 May 2013


Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Recent meetings

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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June 2014
1st meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014

1st meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014


Venue: Golf Hotel René Capt, Rue Bon Port 33-35, 1820 Montreux. The meeting will open at 10 :00am on 2 June 2014 and is expected to close by 5:00pm on Wednesday 3 June.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity (SIWG) is meeting with a view to finalizing the glossary of terms; to prepare recommendations as to whether any terms defined in previously adopted technical guidelines and guidance documents as well as the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes need to be updated as a result; to prepare recommendations as to whether further guidance would be useful; and to prepare recommendations on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Open-ended Working Group during its ninth meeting (16-19 September 2014, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Switzerland. 

Working Language: English

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