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BRS and ITU jointly host workshop on electronic waste
Workshop on e-waste at WSIS 2018 focuses on solutions and standards on 23 March in Geneva, Switzerland.

BRS and ITU jointly host workshop on electronic waste

BRS and ITU jointly host workshop on electronic waste

In 2016, 44.7 million tons of e-waste were generated, of which only 20% were collected, in average, worldwide (UNU/ITU/ISWA, 2017).

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) and the Mobile Phone Partnership (MMPI) have developed guidance documents to help Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders to put in place solutions, which can provide opportunities for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of e-waste.

Since 2012, the Basel Convention Secretariat and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have been cooperating to foster solutions for the ESM of e-waste. Among other things, the Secretariat has been contributing to the development of standards and policy recommendations that the ITU develops to support e-waste management towards a circular economy.

The present workshop, to be held on 23rd March 2018 in Geneva, will aim at introducing the standards and policy guidance available, and will provide Parties to the Basel Convention as well as Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) companies with an opportunity for sharing their experiences as to their implementation.

Details of the workshop can be found here.

BRS Secretariat participates at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva
Executive Secretary Rolph Payet contributes to discussions on a range of issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals, throughout WSIS 2018

BRS Secretariat participates at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva

BRS Secretariat participates at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva

 

Congratulations to Gambia: 20 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Gambia on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention - for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Gambia: 20 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Gambia: 20 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
On International Women’s Day, BRS seeks more Gender Heroes
The BRS Secretariat invites Parties and stakeholders to submit stories highlighting innovative or inspiring examples of gender mainstreaming for sound management of chemicals and waste.

On International Women’s Day, BRS seeks more Gender Heroes

On International Women’s Day, BRS seeks more Gender Heroes
 
The BRS Secretariat celebrates International Women’s Day
Women are disproportionately impacted by hazardous chemicals and waste. Gender mainstreaming case studies, profiles of Gender Heroes and Gender Pioneers, and the BRS Gender Action Plan are all available on our website.

The BRS Secretariat celebrates International Women’s Day

The BRS Secretariat celebrates International Women’s Day
 
BRS Secretariat strengthens cooperation with International Telecommunications Union
The BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet met with the Secretary General Houlin Zhao to discuss enhanced cooperation between the two organisations to tackle areas of joint concern such as E-waste from used IT equipment.

BRS Secretariat strengthens cooperation with International Telecommunications Union

BRS Secretariat strengthens cooperation with International Telecommunications Union
 
BRS Secretariat marks World Wildlife Day, 3 March
Visit or follow the @brsmeas twitter account to view a series of powerful photos demonstrating the impacts of chemicals and waste on nature and wildlife.

BRS Secretariat marks World Wildlife Day, 3 March

BRS Secretariat marks World Wildlife Day, 3 March

Visit or follow the @brsmeas twitter account to view a series of powerful photos demonstrating the impacts of chemicals and waste on nature and wildlife.

Congratulations to Mauritius: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Mauritius on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention – for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Mauritius: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Mauritius: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
Congratulations to United Arab Emirates: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention - for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to United Arab Emirates: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to United Arab Emirates: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
Congratulations to Senegal: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Senegal on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention - for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Senegal: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Senegal: 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science
Three-quarters of the BRS Science and Technical Assistance Branch are female, adding their voices to the international day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science

BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science
 
New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic
Plastic marine litter, POPs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals among chemicals of emerging Arctic concern according to Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme report.

New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic

New report highlights emerging chemical and waste threats to the Arctic
 
First meeting of Basel Convention expert group meets to provide legal clarity
With funding from Japan, experts convene from 20 to 23 March in Geneva to review the Annexes of the Convention, providing further legal clarity for Parties.

First meeting of Basel Convention expert group meets to provide legal clarity

First meeting of Basel Convention expert group meets to provide legal clarity
 
Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
Apply by 6 February 2018 to assist the Basel Convention Secretariat tackle the problem of marine litter and micro-plastics pollution.

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
 
Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment
Online tools define and promote the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes.

Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment

Basel Convention’s ESM Toolkit assists Parties protect human health and the environment
 
Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter
Interested in sound management of chemicals and wastes? Write to us at brs@brsmeas.org to receive the latest @UN #Detox news into your inbox every month.

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

 

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”
The BRS film, made together with partners WECF and WEP and premiered at UNEA-3 in Nairobi last month, is screened on Nigerian International TV (NTA) on Monday 15th January at 1730 local time.

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”
 
Regional meetings in China address electronic waste
Stakeholders come together in Beijing, 21-24 January, to share experiences and raise awareness on the environmentally sound management of e-waste in the Asia-Pacific region.

Regional meetings in China address electronic waste

Regional meetings in China address electronic waste

 

Basel Convention COP-13 meeting report - All languages now available
The final version of the report of the thirteenth meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention is now available online in the six UN languages.

Basel Convention COP-13 meeting report - All languages now available

Basel Convention COP-13 meeting report - All languages now available
 
Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat
A Happy New Year to all Parties, partners, stakeholders and donors from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

 

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