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Science Fair will accompany the COPs, Geneva, 7-9th May, 2015
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce it will stage a Science Fair, reflecting the COP Theme of “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow, from  7-9th May, 2015.

Science Fair will accompany the COPs, Geneva, 7-9th May, 2015

Science Fair will accompany the COPs, Geneva, 7-9th May, 2015
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce it will stage a Science Fair, reflecting the COP Theme of “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow, from  7-9th May, 2015.
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Call for applications by 31 December 2014.

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Consultancy announcement: illegal traffic and trade

Call for applications by 31 December 2014.

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
 
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Webinars to focus on 2015 COPs, Endosulfan, E-waste, National Reporting, and NIP updating

Webinars to focus on 2015 COPs, Endosulfan, E-waste, National Reporting, and NIP updating
 

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Invitations sent for 2015 triple COPs

Invitations sent for 2015 triple COPs

Provisional agendas, information for delegates, registration information, and Science Fair details now available on the Secretariat website.

Invitations sent for 2015 triple COPs

Invitations sent for 2015 triple COPs
Provisional agendas, information for delegates, registration information, and Science Fair details now available on the Secretariat website.
 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

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

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 January 2015

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 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

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.

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

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
 
Webinars to focus on 2015 COPs, Endosulfan, E-waste, National Reporting, and NIP updating
Sign up now to take advantage of opportunities to learn more about these key subjects.

Webinars to focus on 2015 COPs, Endosulfan, E-waste, National Reporting, and NIP updating

Webinars to focus on 2015 COPs, Endosulfan, E-waste, National Reporting, and NIP updating
 
UNIDO Programme on WEEE in Latin America

These sessions aim at sharing details of the UNIDO approach to e-waste management. They also aim at presenting the programme on strengthening of national initiatives and enhancement of regional cooperation for the environmentally sound management of POPs in waste of electronic or electrical equipment (WEEE) in Latin-American countries; programme that is currently under development.

UNIDO Programme on WEEE in Latin America

UNIDO Programme on WEEE in Latin America

 

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.
National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Basel Convention online. The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the electronic reporting system.

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!
 
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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)
Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 to 19 September 2014

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 to 19 September 2014


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

Summary of outcomes: The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) was held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva with pre-meetings on 15 September. 272 participants attended, representing 106 parties, 1 non-party, and 41 observer organizations.

As decided in decision BC-11/19, the meeting was organized in a new format, two days of plenary sessions on the first and the last day and two days of contact group meetings on the second and the third day. The feedback on the new format will be collected to support the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting to take a decision on the operation of the OEWG.

The Working Group took ten decisions including on the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes, options for the operation of the Open-ended Working Group, Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of POPs wastes, mercury wastes, and electronic and used electrical and electronic equipment, national reporting, consultation with the Implementation and Compliance Committee, providing further legal clarity, Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment, and the work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2016-2017.

A letter dated 29 September 2014 was sent to parties and others inviting comments on documents and nominations of experts as a follow-up to the meeting.

The Earth Negotiation Bulletin covered the meeting (http://www.iisd.ca/basel/oewg9/) and its summary of the meeting can be found at: http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb2038e.pdf

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Recent meetings

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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November 2014
Annual joint meeting of Directors of the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 28 November 2014

Annual joint meeting of Directors of the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 28 November 2014


Venue: International Environment House-2 (IEH-2), Châtelaine, Geneva

Background: Decisions BC-11/12 (Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres), BC-11/13 (Process for evaluating the performance and sustainability of the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres), and SC-6/16 (Regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and the transfer of technology), among others, are implemented through programme budget for Activity 19. Activity 19 includes convening of annual joint meetings to enhance cooperation and coordination between regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm conventions to promote and enhance synergies in delivery of technical assistance under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

Organizer(s): The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Working Language: English only

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September 2014
Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014


Venue: International Environment House I (IEH-I), room 3, 11-13, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes : The Committee considered 13 specific submissions, general issues of implementation and compliance, and its draft 2016-2017 work programme. With respect to the specific submissions, 9 Parties attended the meeting and the Committee adopted 13 decisions.In its decision pertaining to the self-submission by Central African Republic, the Committee approved this Party’s compliance action plan and recommended that the Executive Secretary use resources in the implementation fund of up to USD 50’000.- to fund activities listed in the plan. The Committee also considered a report on the review of the operation of the implementation fund, including in light of the establishment of the UNEP Special Programme, and recommended that it be entrusted to develop recommendations to the attention of the Executive Board of the Special Programme on priority areas for institutional strengthening under the Basel Convention and that it consider further options to cooperate with the Special Programme. With respect to the extended Secretariat trigger, the Committee recommended to the Conference of the Parties that it confirm without any limitation in time the extension of the Secretariat’s trigger to article 5 issues (designation of Focal Point and Competent Authority) and that the Conference of the Parties extend until COP-14 the Secretariat’s trigger pertaining to national definitions and import/exports restrictions and prohibitions. With respect to general issues of implementation and compliance, the Committee reviewed the classification of parties’ compliance performance with national reporting and how to improve timeless and completeness of reports, and agreed to invite Parties to comment thereon. The Committee also continued its consideration of four draft guidance documents that were consulted with OEWG-9. The Committee agreed to invite further comments on one of these, namely the draft Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention. The Committee will finalize the four draft guidance documents and submit them to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties for adoption.

The Committee also prepared the draft 2016-2017 work programme of the Committee. Proposed activities pertain to improving implementation and compliance with respect to national reporting, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance bond guarantee, and national legislation. In addition, the Committee is proposing that it be mandated to review and update as needed the guidance documents it has developed.

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