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Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for all e-waste: A proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention
Join the webinar on Monday 7 February 2022 to learn about the proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend Annex II, Annex VIII and Annex IX to the Basel Convention in relation to e-waste.

Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for all e-waste: A proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention

Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for all e-waste: A proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention
 
Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership issues new call for proposals for pilot projects to better manage plastic waste
Two webinars - on 8 and 10 February 2022 - will assist proponents in submitting proposals, with a deadline of 11 April 2022.

Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership issues new call for proposals for pilot projects to better manage plastic waste

Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership issues new call for proposals for pilot projects to better manage plastic waste
 
Report of the Basel Convention COP-15 (online segment) now available in all UN languages
The report of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (online segment) is available to view or download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Report of the Basel Convention COP-15 (online segment) now available in all UN languages

Report of the Basel Convention COP-15 (online segment) now available in all UN languages
 
Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022
The Executive Secretary and team whish you Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022

The Executive Secretary and team whish you Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2022.

Validating Argentina’s recycling efforts
The Basel Convention Regional Center for South America launches protocol for the certification of recycling plants managing plastic materials.

Validating Argentina’s recycling efforts

Validating Argentina’s recycling efforts
 
 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 14 December 2021)</span>
 

Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings (Updated 14 December 2021)

 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 14 December 2021)</span>
 
BRS in the 10th Green Standards Week
BRS Deputy Executive Secretary will open the High-level Dialogue on Sustainable E-waste Management and Circular Economy in Latin America. Register here.

BRS in the 10th Green Standards Week

BRS in the 10th Green Standards Week
 
PIC-Procedure for all e-waste: a proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention
Join the webinars on Thursday 16 December to learn about the proposal to amend Annex II, Annex VIII and Annex IX to the Basel Convention in relation to e-waste..

PIC-Procedure for all e-waste: a proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention

PIC-Procedure for all e-waste: a proposal by Ghana and Switzerland to amend the Basel Convention
 
The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee delivers wide-ranging outcomes
The Basel Convention Implementation & Compliance Committee successfully completed its 14th meeting on 18 November 2021, bringing to the Conference of the Parties two guidance documents as well as a wide range of recommendations to improve the implementation of the Convention.

The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee delivers wide-ranging outcomes

The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee delivers wide-ranging outcomes

The Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee successfully completed its fourteenth meeting on 18 November 2021, bringing to the Conference of the Parties two guidance documents as well as a wide range of recommendations to improve the implementation of the Convention, in addition to having reviewed and assisted in resolving implementation and compliance difficulties faced by 19 Parties.

Over a series of online sessions convened between July 2020 and November 2021, the Committee tackled implementation and compliance issues with core obligations under the Convention, including the obligations to transmit national reports, to develop adequate legal frameworks, to prevent and combat illegal traffic and to control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes. Building on its past practice the Committee also convened a dialogue session with 8 other multilateral environmental agreements with trade control provisions to learn from their experience in preventing and combating illegal trade/traffic in environmentally sensitive commodities.

“The Committee has continued to make strides by classifying compliance performance, strengthening its cooperation with other compliance committees, developing recommendations on how to integrate the implementation of the Convention into the broader United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework processes, and developing guidance documents on transit transboundary movements and on insurance, bond and guarantee. The breadth of its recommendations and outcomes provides the Conference of the Parties with a range of opportunities to improve the implementation of the Convention” said the Executive Secretary of the Convention Mr. Rolph Payet.

The outcomes of the Committee will be considered by the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties when it resumed its work through a face-to-face segment on 6-17 July 2022.

Expressing his satisfaction with the progress achieved, the Chair of the Committee, Mr. Florisvindo Furtado (Cabo Verde) said “The members of the Committee have showed remarkable commitment in these COVID-19 pandemic times and worked relentlessly to deliver on their mandate. The Committee has helped Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe and Turkmenistan resolve their compliance difficulties, and is assisting 16 other Parties achieve the same. The Committee continues to have an excellent track record with regards to specific submissions thanks to the commitment of Parties towards the Convention”.

The work of the Committee benefits from generous financial support provided by Germany, Japan, Norway and Switzerland.

Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee concludes its fourteenth meeting
During sessions convened online on 15-18 November 2021, the Committee completed its 2020-2021 work programme by finalizing guidance on transit transboundary movements and by considering 12 specific submissions.

Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee concludes its fourteenth meeting

Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee concludes its fourteenth meeting
 
Basel Convention’s Electronic Reporting System available to Parties for 2020 reporting, deadline 31 December 2021
To assist Parties with compliance, two webinars on 10 & 15 November will offer a virtual tour through the Electronic Reporting System and the newly launched Reporting Dashboard.

Basel Convention’s Electronic Reporting System available to Parties for 2020 reporting, deadline 31 December 2021

Basel Convention’s Electronic Reporting System available to Parties for 2020 reporting, deadline 31 December 2021
 
UN Palais des Nations in Geneva turns green as key climate change talks begin at COP-26, 1 November 2021
Landmark building illuminated by Basel Convention green to highlight links between climate change and chemicals and waste, including plastic waste.

UN Palais des Nations in Geneva turns green as key climate change talks begin at COP-26, 1 November 2021

UN Palais des Nations in Geneva turns green as key climate change talks begin at COP-26, 1 November 2021
 
Grenada becomes the 189th Party to the Basel Convention
Basel Convention continues to move towards universal coverage as Grenada deposits its instrument of accession, with entry into force on 13 January, 2022.

Grenada becomes the 189th Party to the Basel Convention

Grenada becomes the 189th Party to the Basel Convention
 
Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics
This compilation of eye-catching graphics, developed by UNEP, GRID-Arendal and the BRS Secretariat, aims to provide a complete overview of the global challenges related to marine litter and plastic waste through a condensed descriptions of key thematic areas and eye-catching graphics.

Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics

Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics
 
E-waste in the context of a sustainable digital transformation in Africa and in Latin America: webinars 28-30 September 2021
Join these webinars, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNECE, BRS and other partners, discuss challenges and opportunities offered by a digital transformation.

E-waste in the context of a sustainable digital transformation in Africa and in Latin America: webinars 28-30 September 2021

E-waste in the context of a sustainable digital transformation in Africa and in Latin America: webinars 28-30 September 2021
 
BRS highlights interactions between plastic waste and food through social media campaign
Click to view the new social media cards, produced as a contribution to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, 23 to 24 September, in New York and online.

BRS highlights interactions between plastic waste and food through social media campaign

BRS highlights interactions between plastic waste and food through social media campaign
 
Basel Convention publications on different aspects of environmentally sound management now includes a factsheet on the Covid-19 pandemic and plastic waste
Covid-19 factsheet joins others on the Plastic Waste Partnership, actions to reduce plastic waste under the Basel Convention, and BRS pilot projects on plastic waste in Ghana and Sri Lanka.

Basel Convention publications on different aspects of environmentally sound management now includes a factsheet on the Covid-19 pandemic and plastic waste

Basel Convention publications on different aspects of environmentally sound management now includes a factsheet on the Covid-19 pandemic and plastic waste
 
BRS Chief addresses plastic waste crisis on UN News
Listen to the latest installment of Dateline Geneva, featuring an exclusive interview by the BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet, and interventions by Plastic Is Forever photo exhibition finalists.

BRS Chief addresses plastic waste crisis on UN News

BRS Chief addresses plastic waste crisis on UN News
 
Online Segment of 2021 Triple COPs successfully concludes with key decisions adopted
More than 1,300 representatives from more than 160 countries agree key decisions to keep work towards sound management of chemicals and waste on track.

Online Segment of 2021 Triple COPs successfully concludes with key decisions adopted

Online Segment of 2021 Triple COPs successfully concludes with key decisions adopted
 
2021 Triple COPs convened online with more than 1,000 delegates, 26 to 30 July
Read the official press release as more than 150 countries join the online segment of the 2021 meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, & Stockholm conventions.

2021 Triple COPs convened online with more than 1,000 delegates, 26 to 30 July

2021 Triple COPs convened online with more than 1,000 delegates, 26 to 30 July
 
Story map: Plastic waste and the Basel Convention
Follow the plastic waste crisis as it unfolds around the world, with our dynamic data visualization map, and find out more about the role of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments in minimising and managing plastic waste.

Story map: Plastic waste and the Basel Convention

Story map: Plastic waste and the Basel Convention
 
BRS Triple COPs: Technical trials for registered participants of the online segment of the COPs, ahead of the meetings
Officially registered participants are invited to join technical trials on 21 July and 22 July to become familiar with the use of the meeting platforms.

BRS Triple COPs: Technical trials for registered participants of the online segment of the COPs, ahead of the meetings

BRS Triple COPs: Technical trials for registered participants of the online segment of the COPs, ahead of the meetings
 
Triple COPs 2021: Working documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, available online in the 6 UN languages
Pre-session documents for the online segment of the Triple COPs, including the proposed interim programmes of work & proposed budgets for the conventions for 2022, now available.

Triple COPs 2021: Working documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, available online in the 6 UN languages

Triple COPs 2021: Working documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, available online in the 6 UN languages
 
Journalists: Cover the 2021 Triple COPs on the sound management of chemicals and waste
Accreditation process now open for correspondents seeking to attend the meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions, (online segment) from 26 to 30 July 2021.

Journalists: Cover the 2021 Triple COPs on the sound management of chemicals and waste

Journalists: Cover the 2021 Triple COPs on the sound management of chemicals and waste
 
Photo exhibition on plastic waste open on Geneva waterfront and online
Photos from around the world showcased through live and virtual exhibitions, organised by the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Geneva Environment Network, UNEP, Norway, and the City of Geneva.

Photo exhibition on plastic waste open on Geneva waterfront and online

Photo exhibition on plastic waste open on Geneva waterfront and online
 
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