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Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.



Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.

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Announcements

The deadline for applications 11 April 2014.

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Communication: Call for consultants to assess if transboundary movement of waste and take-back procedures for illegal traffic represent ESM

The deadline for applications 11 April 2014.

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014.

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Development of Fact Sheets on the Environmentally Sound Management of priority Waste Streams - Consultancy Announcements

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014.
Call for Applications by 7 April 2014

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Compilation of information on Environmentally Sound Management - Consultancy Announcements

Call for Applications by 7 April 2014

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 

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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.
Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Parties and others are invited to provide comments on 1st draft glossary of terms prepared by the small intersessional working group on legal clarity

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms

Call for comments by 15 April 2014 on the first draft glossary of terms
Parties and others are invited to provide comments on 1st draft glossary of terms prepared by the small intersessional working group on legal clarity
Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

The Global workshop on 18 – 19 February 2014 is being organized with the support of BCRC-South Africa.

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria hosts 3rd Global workshop on facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment
The Global workshop on 18 – 19 February 2014 is being organized with the support of BCRC-South Africa.
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

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
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Activities

Syndicate
Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level
São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention
The accession of São Tomé and Príncipe raises the number of Parties to the Convention to 181.

São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention

São Tomé and Príncipe accedes to the Basel Convention
The accession of São Tomé and Príncipe raises the number of Parties to the Convention to 181.
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.
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

From the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013
NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.

NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

NEW! Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

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.

 

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents
Implementation and Compliance Committee invites parties and others to provide comments on guidance on inventories, the control system and illegal traffic take-back.

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents

Call for comments by 31 January 2014 on three guidance documents
Implementation and Compliance Committee invites parties and others to provide comments on guidance on inventories, the control system and illegal traffic take-back.
Mobile Phones and  the Environment
Photographic exhibition, 2 to 14 December 2013 at Palais des Nations, Geneva

Mobile Phones and the Environment

Mobile Phones and  the Environment
Photographic exhibition, 2 to 14 December 2013 at Palais des Nations, Geneva
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Upcoming meetings

Regional workshop on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes
Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 28 to 29 August 2013

Regional workshop on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes

Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 28 to 29 August 2013


Prosecutors play a key role in ensuring that any criminal proceedings pertaining to alleged cases of illegal traffic are successfully brought forward and handled. Ultimately, proper prosecution will ensure that the rule of law is upheld, that justice is served and that communities and the environment are protected against the harmful consequences of improperly managed transboundary movement and disposal of hazardous and other wastes. With this in mind, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention mandated the development of an instruction manual on the prosecution of illegal traffic in hazardous wastes and other wastes, a manual that was approved during its tenth meeting in October 2011. At that time, the Conference of the Parties also requested the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to organize training activities for prosecutors, based on the manual.

The workshop for Central and South America on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes under the Basel Convention, Buenos Aires, is the second workshop on this subject organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions over the period 2012-2013. The first workshop for prosecutors took place in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, on 26-27 June 2012 for countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Both workshops were organized with the financial support of the European Union.

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Recent meetings

February 2014
Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014

Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014


Venue:  Pretoria, South Africa

Background: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted a decision on the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention (decision BC-10/3). Section A of this decision addresses the entry into force of the Ban Amendment.

The Ban Amendment provides for the prohibition by each Party included in Annex VII of the Basel Convention (Parties and other States which are members of the OECD, EC, Liechtenstein) of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by the Convention that are intended for final disposal, and of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by paragraph 1 (a) of Article 1 of the Convention that are destined for reuse, recycling or recovery operations.

The decision BC-10/3 invites Parties to continue to take concrete actions towards encouraging and assisting Parties to ratify the Ban Amendment, including dpecific actions, such as the Nordic Initiative, to assist Parties facing legal and technical difficulties in ratifying the Ban Amendment and regional meetings.

Organizer(s): The workshop will be organized with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for English-speaking African countries in South Africa (BRCR-South Africa).

Working Language: The working language of the workshop in South Africa will be English.

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National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention
Webinar, 11 February 2014

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

Webinar, 11 February 2014


The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

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National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention
Webinar, 6 February 2014

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

Webinar, 6 February 2014


The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

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January 2014
Ban Amendment: Becoming a Party to Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Webinar, 21 January 2014

Ban Amendment: Becoming a Party to Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Webinar, 21 January 2014


The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

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