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

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
 
Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs

Focal Points from developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition are invited to fill out an online questionnaire, by 10 June 2016.

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs
 
New Director for BCCC Africa

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
 
Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Aiming to strengthen national institutions and to promote the mainstreaming of sound management of chemicals and wastes, the 1st Call for Proposals is open until 4 July 2016.

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open
 
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Climate impacts of E-waste

The objective of this session is to present a life cycle impact assessment study of the e-waste sector in Mexico, where a comparison was made of impacts on climate change of various e-waste management options

Climate impacts of E-waste

Climate impacts of E-waste
 
Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America

The objective of this webinar is to present case studies and the experience gained in a multi-stakeholder project on sustainable management of e-waste in Latin America, involving the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America

Sustainable Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Latin America
 
Used Lead Acid Batteries Recycling: standards and best practices for their Environmentally Sound Management (ESM)

Come and learn more on standards and best practices for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of used lead acid batteries recycling

Used Lead Acid Batteries Recycling: standards and best practices for their Environmentally Sound Management (ESM)

Used Lead Acid Batteries Recycling: standards and best practices for their Environmentally Sound Management (ESM)
 
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.

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages

Adopted at COP.12, these much-anticipated guidelines are a crucial resource for parties seeking to sustainably manage this fast-growing waste stream.

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages

Following adoption at COP.12 on an interim basis, the e-waste Technical Guidelines are now available in all languages. To give them their full title, the “Technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention” are an important resource for parties seeking to manage in a sustainable way the ever-growing e-waste stream, which according to recent research constitutes almost 50 million tonnes per year.

The guidelines are available here.

For more on e-waste please see our webpages.

ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016

ENFORCE brings together regional representatives from Basel Convention parties, Basel Convention Regional Centres and enforcement agencies for capacity building to prevent and combat illegal traffic in hazardous wastes.

ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016

ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016
 
Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste

Read the BRS Executive Secretary’s address to the first International Conference on Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS1) held in Kielce, Poland 18-20 April 2016.

Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste

Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste
 
Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Green Customs Initiative: the BRS Secretariat hosts the 11th meeting of the GCI Partners in Geneva, 14-15 April 2016.

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities
 
Focus on China and the Pacific

Our latest interview is with Professor Dr. Jinhui Li, Executive Director of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre, Beijing China.

Focus on China and the Pacific

Focus on China and the Pacific
 
How big would the pile of discarded mobile phones be?

As big as the Great Pyramid in Egypt? Watch the BRS short movie to find out.

How big would the pile of discarded mobile phones be?

How big would the pile of discarded mobile phones be?
 
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