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Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
The proposals come in addition to the proposals to amend Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention and the proposals to amend Annexes A, B and/or C of the Stockholm Convention communicated on 15 December 2020.

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
 
BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico
The new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico will boost technical assistance and capacity-building activities in the region, including on efforts to combat plastic waste.

BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico

BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico
 
100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019
International efforts to control unwanted imports of waste continue to strengthen, with Nicaragua the latest Party to ratify this key change to the convention.

100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019

100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019
 
 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 12 January 2021)</span>
 

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 12 January 2021)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 12 January 2021)</span>
 
BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
An electronic questionnaire has been sent to Parties and stakeholders regarding actions taken to implement the amendments and challenges encountered, as part of activities undertaken under the Plastic Waste Partnership, with a deadline of 31 January 2021.

BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments

BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
On the agenda is the proposal to list UV-328, and draft risk profiles for Dechlorane Plus and Methoxychlor. All the documents are publically available, online.

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
 
Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars
Offered as either stand-alone, or as part of the popular MOOC, these sessions address growing trends in e-waste generation, and impacts on human health & the environment.

Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars

Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars
 
Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
Organised by GEN with the BRS Secretariat and a host of other partners, the first of the series focuses on plastic waste.

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
 
The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE
BRS looks forward to deepening cooperation with WCO and with customs administrations, to better prevent and combat illegal traffic of hazardous waste.

The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE

The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE
 
Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system
Focal points are invited to complete and submit the national report through the electronic reporting system, by 31 December 2020.

Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system

Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system
 
Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
Learn about the 7 projects selected for funding from the first call for proposals, by joining this webinar on 12 November at 1400 .

Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste

Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
 
The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed
Originally scheduled to be staged back-to-back with the 5th UN Environment Assembly, OEWG-12 is now postponed until further notice. The meeting report of the online segment is now available.

The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed

The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed
 
Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020
The webinars build on the recent International E-Waste Day, and offer an introduction for those interested in enrolling in the popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on E-waste.

Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020

Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020
 
Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet
The Theme for the next meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and the associated High-Level Segment, from 19 to 31 July 2021, is “Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet; Sound Management of Chemicals & Waste”.

Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet

Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet
 
International E-Waste Day marked around the world
The BRS Secretariat is proud to support and publicise this day, organised by the WEEE Forum, which aims to draw attention to the growing environmental & health challenges posed by electrical and electronic waste.

International E-Waste Day marked around the world

International E-Waste Day marked around the world
 
New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic
Efforts towards building a circular economy might be compromised by chemical additives in certain plastics, a study by the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centre for the Mediterranean, IPEN, UNEP and the BRS Secretariat finds.

New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic

New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic
 
Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020
The Second Round of funding of the Basel Convention’s Small Grants Programme, generously funded by the Norwegian NORAD agency, is now open.

Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020

Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020
 
Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available
The English advance version of the report of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment), held on 1-3 September 2020, is now available.

Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available

Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available
 
Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
Representatives from the Barcelona Convention, CITES, Climate Change Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Minamata Convention, Montreal Protocol, and the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, join the Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee online to discuss ways to better prevent and combat illegal traffic.

Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic

Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
 
Plastic Waste: Your photo could make a difference
Back to school, back to university, back to the office? Snap the plastic waste you encounter and you could win the Plastic Waste Partnership’s photo contest, deadline 30 September.

Plastic Waste: Your photo could make a difference

Plastic Waste: Your photo could make a difference
 
The Basel Convention now has 188 Parties as Tuvalu accedes
Tuvalu has deposited its instrument of accession with the UN, entering into force on 19 November 2020.

The Basel Convention now has 188 Parties as Tuvalu accedes

The Basel Convention now has 188 Parties as Tuvalu accedes
 
All you need to know about the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment, 1 to 3 September 2020
The OEWG-12 online segment takes place on 1 and 3 September 2020. For more details, including working documents in the 6 UN languages, see the tentative schedule of work.

All you need to know about the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment, 1 to 3 September 2020

All you need to know about the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG-12) online segment, 1 to 3 September 2020
 
Information sessions on the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
A series of information sessions will introduce participants to the Plastic Waste Amendments adopted at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention that will become effective on 1 January 2021.

Information sessions on the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments

Information sessions on the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Preparations for Basel Convention COP-15 underway: Bureau meeting report now available
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met online, 25-26 June 2020, to discuss preparations for COP-15 in 2021. The report of that meeting is now available online.

Preparations for Basel Convention COP-15 underway: Bureau meeting report now available

Preparations for Basel Convention COP-15 underway: Bureau meeting report now available
 
Amended Basel Convention text now available online in 6 UN languages
The new text includes the plastic waste amendments made at the 2019 Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-14).

Amended Basel Convention text now available online in 6 UN languages

Amended Basel Convention text now available online in 6 UN languages

 

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