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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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First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

You can still register for, and since 4 April 2016 join, the first ever Massive Open Online Course on the E-waste Challenge, now underway.

First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

With our growing appetite for electrical and electronic products, combined with rapid innovation and ever-shorter product lifespans, e-waste has now become one of the fast growing waste streams.

This course will help you to understand why and how we must manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner and how you can take action on e-waste in your own life, business, or organization.

The aims of the course are to:


  • Show how sound management of e-waste can help reduce GHG emissions, mitigate climate change and prevent hazards to health and the environment in accordance with the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions
  • Share best practices, technological innovations, and sustainable e-waste recovery and recycling business models
  • Explore how the value in e-waste can be extracted in a way that supports the local economy and protects people’s health and the environment.

The E-waste challenge MOOC was developed by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Secretariat and Climate-KIC in cooperation with KU Leuven, in Belgium, and the World Resources Forum, an International non-profit organization based in Switzerland. The course will provide at least one ECTS to students who can take it at KU Leuven.

Register for the e-waste challenge MOOC at this address. The course will launch from 4 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

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
 
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

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
 
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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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
 
OEWG10 preparatory briefing

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 tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group

OEWG10 preparatory briefing

OEWG10 preparatory briefing
 
Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016

The objective of this webinar is to inform Governments about the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016

Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016
 
Health effects of E-waste exposure on children and vulnerable populations, WHO

Come and learn more on health effects of e-waste exposure on children and vulnerable populations, from the perspective of WHO's Department of Public Health Environment and Social Determinants of Health

Health effects of E-waste exposure on children and vulnerable populations, WHO

Health effects of E-waste exposure on children and vulnerable populations, WHO
 
Sustainable metals and other valuable materials processing and recycling from E-waste, KU Leuven

This webinar will present the challenges and the current and future processes for sustainable metals and other valuable materials extraction from E-waste. This includes recycling processes for printed circuit boards and other computer components, for precious metals, rare earths and other valuable materials.

Sustainable metals and other valuable materials processing and recycling from E-waste, KU Leuven

Sustainable metals and other valuable materials processing and recycling from E-waste, KU Leuven
 
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?
 
Inputs sought concerning transboundary movements

Electronic approaches to controlling transboundary movements: two questionnaires for Parties and stakeholders invite input by 1 April 2016.

Inputs sought concerning transboundary movements

Inputs sought concerning transboundary movements
 
Two consulting opportunities open until 20 February 2016

BRS secretariat invites tenders for the drafting of ESM factsheets and design options for management of shipbreaking waste.

Two consulting opportunities open until 20 February 2016

Two consulting opportunities open until 20 February 2016
 
18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

BRS Deputy Executive Secretary, Kerstin Stendahl, outlines lessons learnt from 10 years of working on synergies.

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat
 
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