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Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
Representatives from 120 countries, industry and civil society meet under the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership in Uruguay, ahead of the inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
 
Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available
The meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 October 2022.

Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available

Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available
 
The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
On the occasion of the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting in Uruguay, a digital version of a photography book has been launched, featuring the finalist entries of the Plastic is Forever competition.

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
 
The Compliance Committees of the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions meet back-to-back and hold a landmark joint session
The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee held a landmark joint session with the Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee, and successfully completed its fifteenth meeting on 18 November 2022.

The Compliance Committees of the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions meet back-to-back and hold a landmark joint session

The Compliance Committees of the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions meet back-to-back and hold a landmark joint session

The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee held a landmark joint session with the Rotterdam Convention Compliance Committee, and successfully completed its fifteenth meeting on 18 November 2022, having helped eight Parties make progress with the resolution of their implementation and compliance difficulties, and brought to the Basel Conference of the Parties a range of recommendations on how to improve compliance with key obligations under the Convention.

Over a four-day marathon meeting, the Committee engaged with eight Parties facing implementation and compliance difficulties with key obligations under the Convention, to transmit national reports and to develop adequate legislation. Rich discussions, which took place with representatives of Central African Republic, Cook Islands, Mauritania, Syrian Arab Republic and Togo, concluded in the resolution of long-lasting compliance difficulties to transmit national reports faced by Liberia.

Expressing his satisfaction with the progress achieved, the Chair of the Committee, Mr. Florisvindo Furtado (Cabo Verde) said that “It is because of such concrete outcomes that I call the Basel Convention the ‘Beautiful Convention’, successful in its efforts to make the world a better place, where people and the environment are free from waste pollution. "

The Committee also tackled head-on compliance challenges with a series of core obligations under the Convention. It continued its meticulous work of classifying Parties compliance performance with their national reporting obligation, and preliminarily concluded that, for the first time ever, Parties have reached the target set by the Basel Conference of the Parties for transmitting reports complete and on time. The Committee also considered the outcome of the self-review of their legislation undertaken by 49 Parties, as well as how to help 23 Parties that have not provided information on whether they have legislation to implement the Convention, or indicated that they do not have such legislation in place. Preventing and combating illegal traffic was also central to the work of the Committee, with the identification of lessons from its second report on scoping the extent of illegal traffic in hazardous wastes and other wastes.

“I am particularly heartened by the commitment of the Committee to engage with United Nations Resident Coordinators and country teams towards embedding the implementation of the Convention in the broader context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”, noted the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Mr Rolph Payet. He went on to underscore the importance of the work carried out by the Committee, noting that the implementation of the Basel Convention cannot and should not take place in a silo, as the scope of the wastes covered by the Convention and the extent of the obligations embedded therein require the engagement of a vast number of sectors and stakeholders at the national level.

The outcomes of the Committee will be considered by the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 12 May 2023.

Participating in the meeting as an Observer on behalf of the Netherlands, Mr. Reginald Hernaus, who is also President of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, expressed his appreciation for the progress achieved, saying “I was impressed by the work carried out by the Committee and it was indeed an eye-opener for me to see all Members in action”. Referring to the landmark joint session with the first meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, he added: “I am very pleased to see that, by working together, the Committees can enrich each others’ experiences and strengthen their respective contributions to the successful implementation of the Conventions.”

The work of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee benefits from generous financial support provided by Japan, Norway and Switzerland.

NOTES

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is the most comprehensive international environment treaty on hazardous and other wastes and is almost universal, with 189 Parties. With an overarching objective of protecting human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes, its scope covers a wide range of wastes defined as hazardous based on their origin and/or composition and characteristics, as well as three types of waste defined as “other wastes”, namely household waste, residues arising from the incineration of household wastes ash and certain plastic wastes requiring special consideration.

The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee is mandated to assist Parties to comply with their obligations under the Convention and to facilitate, promote, monitor and aim to secure the implementation of and compliance with the obligations under the Convention.

The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade is jointly administered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The 165 Parties to this legally-binding Convention share responsibility and cooperate to safely manage chemicals in international trade. To date, 56 hazardous chemicals and pesticides are listed in its Annex III, making their international trade subject to a prior informed consent (PIC) procedure.

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, or BRS Secretariat, supports Parties implement the three leading multilateral environment agreements governing chemicals and waste management, in order to protect human health and the environment.

For questions on the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee, contact
BRS Secretariat Senior Legal Officer and Head of the Legal and Policy Unit, Juliette Voinov Kohler, juliette.kohler@un.org.

For media enquiries, interviews, & more information, contact:
BRS Associate Public Information Officer, Marisofi Giannouli, marisofi.giannouli@un.org.

Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa
Held in Lagos, Nigeria, the workshop marked the first face-to-face event coorganised by the BRS Secretariat and UNODC on national legal frameworks, illegal traffic and trade, and crimes that affect the environment.

Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa

Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa
 
Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!
Basel Convention Parties are to submit their annual national reports by 31 December 2022, using the electronic reporting system.

Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!

Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!
 
2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available
Invitation letters to the 2023 BRS COPs have been sent out to Parties.

2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available

2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available
 
Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time
The meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 14 to 17 November 2022, and it will address a number of specific submissions to support Basel Convention Parties.

Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time

Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time
 
Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!
On 23 November 2022, during the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting, the Partnership will host a webinar to provide insights from the field about its pilot projects.

Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!

Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!
 
UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate
The event was co-organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate

UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate
 
Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva
The annual joint meeting of the Regional Centres under the Basel and the Stockholm Conventions is taking place from 7 to 9 November 2022.

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva
 
Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!
The top three stories will be announced in December 2022 and will be adapted into animated videos premiering during the 2023 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (2023 BRS COPs), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2023.

Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!

Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!
 
Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning
The Basel Convention has teamed up with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme for a webinar addressing lead exposure. The event will take place on 25 October 2022, on the margins of the 10th International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning

Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning
 
BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
The BRS Conventions address the importance of sustainably managing chemicals and wastes to combat climate change.

BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference

BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
 
The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!
International E-waste Day 2022 marks a new deal on e-waste under the Basel Convention.

The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!

The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!
 
Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!
The webinar on the Transboundary movement of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) vs second-hand Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is organized by the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Slovakia in cooperation with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat. It will be held on 14 October 2022, from 10:00 to 12:00 CEST.

Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!

Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!

The Basel Convention technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular on the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention were adopted on an interim basis by the Conference of the Parties, in 2019, with decision BC-14/5. In decision 15/7, the Conference of the Parties asked the Secretariat to organize technical assistance activities on the guidelines in cooperation with the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres.

This webinar will introduce the experience of European Union countries in the implementation and enforcement of the principles included in the guidelines.

This activity is organized in connection with the celebrations for International E-waste Day, 2022 edition.

The International E-waste Day takes place on 14 October every year. It was first introduced in 2018 by the Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum to raise awareness of the need for e-waste recycling among consumers. This year’s theme, “Recycle it all, no matter how small!”, is focused on highlighting the importance of recycling even smaller e-waste.

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Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022
The Bureau members will discuss the provisional agenda and preparations of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in 2023.

Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022

Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022
 
Responding to the call of the mountains with action
BRS Secretariat becomes a member of the Mountain Partnership and co-organises side event at the 6th Global Mountain Partnership Meeting.

Responding to the call of the mountains with action

Responding to the call of the mountains with action
 
Advance report for COP-15 now available in English
The report of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal covers work carried out during the resumed fifteenth meeting (face-to-face and high-level segments).

Advance report for COP-15 now available in English

Advance report for COP-15 now available in English
 
CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals
During the 18th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee, delegates will focus on finalising guidance documents about the terbufos and iprodione pesticides, both of which could be considered for listing in 2023. The meeting will conclude on 23 September.

CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals

CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals
 
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