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Invitation by comments by 30 January 2015.

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Invitation to comment: Assessment on how far the Basel Convention technical guidelines cover MARPOL wastes

Invitation by comments by 30 January 2015.

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.

Dr. Payet will take up his new duties in Geneva on 6 October 2014.

Come and learn how cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations can contribute to formalizing the e-waste recycling informal sector. The cases of Brazil, India, Serbia and Bolivia will be presented and discussed. These sessions aim to share experience on how to improve occupational safety and health, providing decent jobs and better income to informal workers in the e-waste recycling sector.

Tackling informality in e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises - an ILO report

Tackling informality in e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises - an ILO report
 

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 

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Pre-session documents for the three COPs now available

Pre-session documents for the three COPs now available

Pre-session documents for the three COPs, including programmes of work and proposed budgets for the biennium 2016-2017, are available on the Secretariat websites.

Pre-session documents for the three COPs now available

Pre-session documents for the three COPs now available
 
BRS online capacity building reaches >1,100 per year

BRS online capacity building reaches >1,100 per year

The BRS webinar series is especially tailored to assist all stakeholder to make the most of the forthcoming Triple COPs.

BRS online capacity building reaches >1,100 per year

BRS online capacity building reaches >1,100 per year
 
Revised draft glossary of terms available for comments

Revised draft glossary of terms available for comments

Comments from parties and others on the revised glossary of terms are invited by 15 March 2015.

Revised draft glossary of terms available for comments

Revised draft glossary of terms available for comments
The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 January 2015
Science-based decision-making key to the COPs

Science-based decision-making key to the COPs

For three days on the margins of the COPs, the BRS Secretariat and its partners will present the scientific basis for sustainable management of chemicals and waste, at the Science Fair, 7-9 May 2015.

Science-based decision-making key to the COPs

Science-based decision-making key to the COPs
 
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 Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM
The third meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 21-23 January 2015

Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

 Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

The third meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 21-23 January 2015

Briefing on Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions COPs in 2015

The online briefings aim at providing parties, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the issues that will be discussed during the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, to be held in Geneva, from 4-15 May 2015.

Briefing on Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions COPs in 2015

Briefing on Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions COPs in 2015
 
Harmonization of E-waste statistics comes a step closer

UN organizations introduce guidelines for classification, reporting and indicators to capture the most important elements of E-waste.

Harmonization of E-waste statistics comes a step closer

Harmonization of E-waste statistics comes a step closer
 
Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

The meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 19-20 

January 2015

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

The Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 19-20 January 2015.

Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs
At their joint meeting on 11-12 November, the bureaux successfully laid foundations for the forthcoming COPs. An advance version of the schedule is now available.

Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs

Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs
At their joint meeting on 11-12 November, the bureaux successfully laid foundations for the forthcoming COPs. An advance version of the schedule is now available.
Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015.

Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015

Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015.
Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.
Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
Deposit of instrument by Congo brings total number of ratifications to 80 Parties!

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
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Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.
Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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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

January 2015
2nd meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
Konstanz, Germany, 25 - 26 January 2015

2nd meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Konstanz, Germany, 25 - 26 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. The meeting will open at 10 :00am on 25 January 2015 and is expected to close by 5:30pm on Monday 26 January 2015.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity (SIWG) is meetingwith a viewtofinalizing 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 Conference of the Parties during its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Switzerland.

Working Language: English

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3rd meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management
Konstanz, Germany, 21 - 23 January 2015

3rd meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management

Konstanz, Germany, 21 - 23 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

Highlight: The expert working group on environmentally sound management 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 Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland).

Germany and Switzerland are kindly funding the third face-to-face meeting of the group.

Working Language: English only.

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Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste
Konstanz, Germany, 19 - 20 January 2015

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

Konstanz, Germany, 19 - 20 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. The meeting will open at 9:00am on 19 January 2015 and is expected to close by 5:30pm on Tuesday 20 January 2015.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on technical guidelines on e-waste  is meeting with a view to consider and advance the work on the draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention. Another objective of the meeting is to consider and agree on the texts for paragraph 26(b) of the document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.9/INF6 rev.1 agreed at the Open-ended Working Group meeting in September 2014. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Conference of the Parties during its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Japan.

Working Language: English

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December 2014
Sub-regional workshop on illegal traffic of hazardous wastes, including PCBs and other wastes
Barranquilla, Colombia, 10 - 12 December 2014

Sub-regional workshop on illegal traffic of hazardous wastes, including PCBs and other wastes

Barranquilla, Colombia, 10 - 12 December 2014


Background: Under the Basel Convention, each Party is required to take appropriate legal administrative and other measures to implement and enforce the provisions of the Convention, including appropriate national/domestic legislation to prevent and punish illegal traffic (art. 4.4 and 9.5). The Secretariat’s activities support the effective implementation of these requirements and hence the achievement of fundamental objectives of the Convention.

According to Annex A part II of the Stockholm Convention, Parties to the Convention are obliged to eliminate equipment and oils containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from use by 2025 and bring these under environmentally sound waste management by 2028.

Over the years, the Secretariat carried out a number of training activities to support parties in preventing and combating illegal traffic in hazardous wastes and other wastes, including more recently two workshops that focused on the prosecution of illegal traffic. The first workshop for prosecutors took place in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic, on 26-27 June 2012 for countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The workshop for Central and South America took place on 28-29 August 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Furthermore, the Secretariat provided support to Parties on the environmentally sound management of POPs wastes including PCBs wastes in a series of regional workshops that took place in 2009 and 2010. The Secretariat also undertook activities to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition in implementing the Basel Convention technical guidelines on POPs waste, including PCBs. These as well as a number of documents and guidance on inventory of PCBs and environmentally sound management of PCBs, have been prepared by the Secretariat. 

Organized by: The sub-regional workshop is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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