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What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?
Read our interview with Gabriela Medina to understand how regional efforts help implement the Basel and Stockholm conventions.

What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?

What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?
 
Environmentally sound management of waste the focus for experts’ meeting in Belgium
Funded by Germany and Japan, and hosted by the Public Waste Agency for Flanders, this meeting focuses on pilot projects and on guidance manuals on prevention, extended producer responsibility, and financing.

Environmentally sound management of waste the focus for experts’ meeting in Belgium

Environmentally sound management of waste the focus for experts’ meeting in Belgium

Funded by Germany and Japan, and hosted by the Public Waste Agency for Flanders, this meeting focuses on pilot projects and on guidance manuals on prevention, extended producer responsibility, and financing.

Ministers to be invited to attend the high-level segment of the 2017 Triple COPs
Ministers have been officially informed of the high-level segment of the meetings of the triple BRS COPs, to be held in Geneva from 24 April to 5 May 2017.

Ministers to be invited to attend the high-level segment of the 2017 Triple COPs

Ministers to be invited to attend the high-level segment of the 2017 Triple COPs
 
Sierra Leone becomes the newest, and 185th, Party to the Basel Convention
Sierra Leone has acceded to the Basel Convention, depositing instruments of accession to both the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions on 1 November 2016, entering into force on 30 January 2017.

Sierra Leone becomes the newest, and 185th, Party to the Basel Convention

Sierra Leone becomes the newest, and 185th, Party to the Basel Convention
 
Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?
Ahead of the Triple COPs in April 2017, get the latest in everything connected to the sound management of chemicals and waste straight to your inbox each month.

Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?

Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?
 
Basel Convention national reporting questionnaires for 2015 are now available
Parties are invited to submit their national reports for 2015 through the Electronic Reporting System, by 31 December 2016.

Basel Convention national reporting questionnaires for 2015 are now available

Basel Convention national reporting questionnaires for 2015 are now available
 
Uruguay playing lead regional role in sound management of chemicals and waste
Our regional focus switches to Latin America and the role of The Uruguayan Technological Laboratory (LATU) in Montevideo, which assists parties implement the Basel and Stockholm Conventions.

Uruguay playing lead regional role in sound management of chemicals and waste

Uruguay playing lead regional role in sound management of chemicals and waste
 
Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
The high-level segment of the next Triple COPs is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
 
Basel Ban Amendment a step closer to entry into force with Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda becomes the latest to deposit its instrument of ratification with the Depository, bringing Parties another step closer to entry into force of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment.

Basel Ban Amendment a step closer to entry into force with Antigua & Barbuda

Basel Ban Amendment a step closer to entry into force with Antigua & Barbuda
 
Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland
Parties have been officially informed of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs, featuring a high-level segment, to be held in Geneva from 24 April to 5 May 2017.

Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland

Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland
 
Report now online from Montevideo meeting on household waste
The report of the first meeting of the new informal Basel Convention partnership on household waste, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 2 to 4 August 2016, is now available online.

Report now online from Montevideo meeting on household waste

Report now online from Montevideo meeting on household waste
 
Guidance on illegal traffic
Parties and others are invited to comment by 10 September 2016 on a revised draft developed by the Implementation and Compliance Committee.

Guidance on illegal traffic

Guidance on illegal traffic
 
Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes
A concept paper and questionnaire are now online, in six languages, to gather feedback on the review of Annexes IV and related aspects of Annex IX, I and III.

Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes

Led by Canada, Basel Convention Parties undertake a review of the Annexes
 
Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP
The report of the meeting of the COP-13 Bureau held on 11 and 12 July is now available.

Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP

Basel COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP
 
Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste
Government, civil society, and international organisations exchange best practices and highlight shared challenges on E-waste in eastern Europe and central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste

Kyrgyzstan workshop pushes forward regional actions on E-waste
 
Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention
Bringing the number of parties to 184, Tajikistan has acceded to the Convention, with an entry into force of 28 September 2016.

Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention

Tajikistan accedes to Basel Convention
 
Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance
Twelfth meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee adopts 12 decisions and tackles a wide range of general issues.

Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance

Basel key issues: Progress on implementation and compliance
 
UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2
Resolutions on the sound management of chemicals and waste, marine litter, and the role of MEAs among resolutions agreed by UN member states at UNEA in Nairobi, 23 - 27 May 2016.

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2
 
New Director for BCCC Africa
The Government of Nigeria in consultation with the Secretariat has appointed Professor Percy C. Onianwa as the new director of Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa effective 23 May 2016.

New Director for BCCC Africa

New Director for BCCC Africa
 
Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean
Find out about the Basel Regional Centre for the Caribbean, located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean

Profile of Regional Centre continues focus on Caribbean

By decision BC-III/19, the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention in 1995 selected Trinidad and Tobago as the location to establish a regional centre for the Caribbean sub-region. This resulted in the establishment of Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC Caribbean) in 1998. The Centre is hosted by the Government of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which supports with technical, financial and administrative support. A Framework Agreement for its establishment was signed between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on behalf of the Conference of the Parties in 2004.

Consequently, the BCRC Caribbean now functions as an autonomous regional institution and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and incorporated under Act Number 2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre provides services to its Caribbean Contracting Member Parties to enable them to fulfil their obligations under the Convention. The parties thus served are:  Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The BCRC-Caribbean has been entrusted by its contracting parties to assist them to comply with and implement the provisions and mandates of the chemicals and waste agenda as defined by the various MEAs acceded to by its member states. Such requirements have led to the expansion of the knowledge base and service delivery of the BCRC-Caribbean to its member states beyond its traditional Convention boundaries. Presently, the Centre operates within this increased scope and its work plan, as defined in its biennial Business Plans developed in consultation with its member states, focuses on a more holistic approach to chemicals and waste management for the Caribbean Region. Some of the examples of its recent undertakings include:

  • Caribbean Sub-regional Workshop in Support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • Caribbean Sub-Regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans and POPs Wastes under the Stockholm Convention
  • Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean
  • Regional implementation of the GEF-funded Full-Sized Project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean.'

The last example demonstrates how it has evolved and enhanced its capacity to implement a full sized GEF project. The BCRC Caribbean and the UNIDO have collaborated in order to develop and implement a full-sized GEF funded project entitled 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean' (GEF 5558 Project). The project was developed in light of the shortcomings faced by Caribbean countries in implementing the Stockholm Convention and addressing the threats posed by POPs to human and environmental health at the national level.

The BCRC-Caribbean performs all of these activities, as they pertain to its regional role, under the general guidance and in coordination with the BRS Secretariat. Simultaneously, the activities of the Centre are coordinated by the Secretariat along with the work of other BCRCs/SCRCs and with other relevant activities of the Parties to the Convention, international organizations, programmes, funds, and other institutions.

For more information on this and the other Regional Centres, please visit the BRS Secretariat website.

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages
Adopted at COP.12, these much-anticipated guidelines are a crucial resource for parties seeking to sustainably manage this fast-growing waste stream.

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online in 6 UN languages

Following adoption at COP.12 on an interim basis, the e-waste Technical Guidelines are now available in all languages. To give them their full title, the “Technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention” are an important resource for parties seeking to manage in a sustainable way the ever-growing e-waste stream, which according to recent research constitutes almost 50 million tonnes per year.

The guidelines are available here.

For more on e-waste please see our webpages.

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs
Focal Points from developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition are invited to fill out an online questionnaire, by 10 June 2016.

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs

Information sought on Basel Convention technical assistance needs
 
ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016
ENFORCE brings together regional representatives from Basel Convention parties, Basel Convention Regional Centres and enforcement agencies for capacity building to prevent and combat illegal traffic in hazardous wastes.

ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016

ENFORCE partnership stages 2nd meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 3 - 4 May 2016
 
Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste
Read the BRS Executive Secretary’s address to the first International Conference on Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS1) held in Kielce, Poland 18-20 April 2016.

Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste

Rolph Payet on the outlook for sustainable management of chemicals and waste
 
Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open
Aiming to strengthen national institutions and to promote the mainstreaming of sound management of chemicals and wastes, the 1st Call for Proposals is open until 4 July 2016.

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open
 
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