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Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
The BRS Secretariat and partners’ Massive Open Online Course on electronic, or e-waste, is a unique opportunity to learn how you can become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge

Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
 
Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
A first webinar in a series of five opens the updated and expanded Massive Open Online Course - or MOOC – on E-waste.

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
 
First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
Less than a year after its establishment, the new Plastic Waste Partnership of the Basel Convention meets for the first time at Beau Vallon, the Seychelles, from 2 to 5 March 2020.

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
 
Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online
The report of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties is now available online in the six UN languages.

Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online

Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online
 
Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Month-long operation “30 Days at Sea 2.0” involves more than 200 enforcement agencies and detects more than 3,000 serious offences – land-based and maritime - across 61 countries


Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019
The deadline for 2018 national reports is approaching. Parties can access the questionnaire for national reporting and submit it through the electronic reporting system.

Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019

Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019
 
Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment
Watch live the special event in the UN Palais des Nations, which brings together many of the Convention’s 187 Parties to celebrate the strengthening of efforts for implementing this global, legally-binding, international agreement on waste.

Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment

Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment
 
BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva
High-level event on 25 November brings together key global stakeholders including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), and China.

BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva

BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva
 
Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document
The draft overall guidance document on the environmentally sound management of household waste is now available for comment by Parties and others, by 31 January 2020.

Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document

Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document
 
First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership
Hot on the heels of the PWP launch in Geneva on 12 November, the first online consultation takes place on 13 November, chaired by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Ole Thomas Thommesen (Norway) and Mr. Ross Bartley (BIC).

First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership

First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership
 
Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention
The 3rd meeting of the expert working group takes place 5 to 8 November, 2019, with generous financial support from the governments of Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.

Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention

Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention
 
Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November
As the 2019 Our Oceans conference concludes in Oslo, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr Ole Elvestuen, confirms substantial support for efforts to tackle marine plastic litter.

Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November

Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November
 
New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019
Established by the Basel Convention COP in May, members and the diplomatic community gather to launch this new initiative at a special event hosted by the City of Geneva.

New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019

New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019
 
On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem
A public/private partnership, technical guidelines on environmentally sound management, and a massive open online course are amongst the measures tackling e-waste, the world’s fastest growing hazardous waste stream.

On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem

On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem

 

International partnership of enforcement experts push forward on preventing illegal traffic of waste
The Basel Convention ENFORCE partnership met in Geneva from 30 September to 1 October, thanks to funding support from Norway.

International partnership of enforcement experts push forward on preventing illegal traffic of waste

International partnership of enforcement experts push forward on preventing illegal traffic of waste

The Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) staged its 11th Meeting in Geneva from 30 September to 1 October, 2019, with funding support kindly provided by the Government of Norway.

As well as Basel Convention Parties representing their regions, the partnership includes representatives from of the Basel Convention Regional Centres, and organizations with a specific mandate to deliver implementation and enforcement capacity-building activities for preventing and combating illegal traffic of hazardous wastes and other wastes under the Basel Convention, such as UNEP, IMPEL, the International Criminal Police Organisation – INTERPOL - and the World Customs Organisation.

Members and observers exchanged information on their activities which will be included in the roadmap of activities for 2019-2020. ENFORCE also agreed to continue collecting training tools developed by its members as well as under the framework of the Basel Convention which will be made available through an online library on the Basel Convention website later this year.

Click here to read more information on the meeting and on ENFORCE.

UN Secretary General calls for increased investment in waste management
With waste the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day, Antonio Guterres highlights the role of frontier technologies to transform waste into wealth, and stresses the need to reduce waste in the first place.

UN Secretary General calls for increased investment in waste management

UN Secretary General calls for increased investment in waste management
 
BRS Executive Secretary urges strong cooperation between chemicals and waste and regional seas conventions
With waste the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day, Antonio Guterres highlights the role of frontier technologies to transform waste into wealth, and stresses the need to reduce waste in the first place.

BRS Executive Secretary urges strong cooperation between chemicals and waste and regional seas conventions

BRS Executive Secretary urges strong cooperation between chemicals and waste and regional seas conventions
 
Parties invited to provide information to improve Basel Convention implementation
The final evaluation of the Convention’s Strategic Framework for implementation for 2012-2021 is underway, and Parties are asked to submit information by 31 January 2020.

Parties invited to provide information to improve Basel Convention implementation

Parties invited to provide information to improve Basel Convention implementation
 
E-waste: Deadline approaching for the Basel Convention’s follow-up partnership to PACE
The BRS Secretariat is still accepting applications for membership to the follow-up partnership to the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE), and also inviting comments on the new work programme and terms of reference, with deadline 30 September 2019.

E-waste: Deadline approaching for the Basel Convention’s follow-up partnership to PACE

E-waste: Deadline approaching for the Basel Convention’s follow-up partnership to PACE
 
New plastic waste project underway in Bangladesh
Building on the recent Basel Convention plastic waste amendment, a new Norwegian-funded initiative has begun, with inception meetings in Dhaka for experts and stakeholders, 18 to 19 September, 2019.

New plastic waste project underway in Bangladesh

New plastic waste project underway in Bangladesh
 
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