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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 Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

The July 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 deadline for submissions is extended until 30 June 2014.


Basel Convention questionnaire on technical assistance needs assessment for 2014

The deadline for submissions is extended until 30 June 2014.

Parties and other stakeholders are invited to provide the information requested to the Secretariat at the latest by 30 June 2014.



Questionnaire concerning Draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste

Parties and other stakeholders are invited to provide the information requested to the Secretariat at the latest by 30 June 2014.

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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.
Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity finalizes the glossary of terms

Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity finalizes the glossary of terms

The outcome of the first meeting of the Group, held in Montreux, Switzerland, will be considered by the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on 16-19 Sept. 2014.

Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity finalizes the glossary of terms

Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity finalizes the glossary of terms
The outcome of the first meeting of the Group, held in Montreux, Switzerland, will be considered by the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on 16-19 Sept. 2014.
Basel Convention Bureau discussed preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Basel Convention Bureau discussed preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Basel Convention Bureau discussed preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Basel Convention Bureau discussed preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 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. 

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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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.
OEWG9 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 ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

OEWG9 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 ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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.

 

May Webinars shine light on candidate POPs under review and PCBs inventories

Join the Webinars on Chemicals under Review by POPRC, 6 May, and enhancing PCB inventories, 13 and 15 May 2014.

May Webinars shine light on candidate POPs under review and PCBs inventories

May Webinars shine light on candidate POPs under review and PCBs inventories
Join the Webinars on Chemicals under Review by POPRC, 6 May, and enhancing PCB inventories, 13 and 15 May 2014.
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
17 participants strengthened their skills at the training session on chairing meetings of all conventions
Training contributes to gender and regional diversity in conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons

17 participants strengthened their skills at the training session on chairing meetings of all conventions

17 participants strengthened their skills at the training session on chairing meetings of all conventions

Training contributes to gender and regional diversity in conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons

The Pilot training session on chairing meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) conventions took place in Glion, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014. The training was conducted by the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University in cooperation with the Secretariat. It brought together 17 participants from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Cook Islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, Poland, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, and Switzerland.

The participants benefited from experience of former chairs who led various BRS processes, including the conferences of the parties, meetings of subsidiary bodies, contact groups and informal consultations. Through the combination of lectures, case studies, videos and simulation exercises the participants learned firsthand how to effectively chair intergovernmental meetings and guide them toward consensual outcomes.

“The pilot raining extends the conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons, ensuring that we can call upon experienced chairs from all regions, while maintaining gender and regional diversity among them,” said Kerstin Stendahl, BRS Deputy Executive Secretary.

The training session was held through the generous support of the Government of Switzerland.
Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III
Customs officials continue to demonstrate leadership in preventing and combating the illegal trafficking of hazardous wastes.

Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III

Tons of illegal waste seized under Operation Demeter III
Customs officials continue to demonstrate leadership in preventing and combating the illegal trafficking of hazardous wastes.
Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open
Global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide is accepting nominations by 31 December 2014.

Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open

Nominations to the Basel Waste Solutions Circle are open
Global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide is accepting nominations by 31 December 2014.
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Upcoming meetings

Extended Producer Responsibility Policies for E-Waste Management
Webinar, on 27 June 2013

Extended Producer Responsibility Policies for E-Waste Management

Webinar, on 27 June 2013


This webinar will introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies for the collection and management of E-waste currently in place in Belgium and Colombia. An EPR scheme for the collection and management of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) was implemented in Belgium since year 2001, year of the foundation of Recupel. Recupel is a collective scheme that up to date succeeds in stimulating collection and environmentally sound management of e-waste, exceeding EU targets for the collection and recycling of WEEE. More recently, in Colombia, an EPR scheme for the take-back and management of E-waste was also implemented. A Colombian expert will share experience on setting up this type of policies from scratch.

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Recent meetings

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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May 2014
2nd meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM
Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 - 31 May 2014

2nd meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 - 31 May 2014


Venue: Grand Kemang Hotel, Jalan Kemang Raya 2H, Jakarta 12730, Indonesia.

Highlight: The expert working group is expected to consider the intersessional work undertaken by it to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management. In addition, it will consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. The expert working group will report on its activities and submit its work programme to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its ninth meeting in September 2014 and subsequently to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting.

The European Union, Japan and Switzerland are kindly funding the second face-to-face meeting of the group.

The meeting is organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South-East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Working Language: English only.

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Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies
Webinar, 22 May 2014

Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

Webinar, 22 May 2014


This webinar aims at providing in depth information on the trends in patenting e-waste recycling and material recovery technologies worldwide.Particularly on patenting of e-waste recycling technologies and real-world applicability of patents in the commercial world.
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Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 23 May 2014

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 23 May 2014


Venue: International Environment House 1 (IEH-1), Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights: The Bureau of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, starting at 10:00 a.m. on the first day.

Bureau members, among other things, reviewed progress made in implementation of the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting and discussed the preparation of the twelfth meeting of the Conference to be held back to back with the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in 2015.

Working Language: The working language of the meeting was English.

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Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies
Webinar, 20 May 2014

Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

Webinar, 20 May 2014


This webinar aims at providing in depth information on the trends in patenting e-waste recycling and material recovery technologies worldwide.Particularly on patenting of e-waste recycling technologies and real-world applicability of patents in the commercial world.
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