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Read it - Play it - Own it
The #PlasticIsForever social media challenge has been launched on Tik Tok. Share your score with us to win a hard copy of the Plastic is Forever photography book.

Read it - Play it - Own it

Read it - Play it - Own it
 
Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
Representatives from 120 countries, industry and civil society meet under the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership in Uruguay, ahead of the inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America

Heart of international action to address plastic pollution beats in South America
 
Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available
The meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 October 2022.

Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available

Basel COP Bureau meeting report now available
 
The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
On the occasion of the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting in Uruguay, a digital version of a photography book has been launched, featuring the finalist entries of the Plastic is Forever competition.

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!

The digital version of the Plastic is Forever coffee table book has been launched!
 
Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa
Held in Lagos, Nigeria, the workshop marked the first face-to-face event coorganised by the BRS Secretariat and UNODC on national legal frameworks, illegal traffic and trade, and crimes that affect the environment.

Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa

Workshop on illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes for English-speaking countries in West Africa
 
Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!
Basel Convention Parties are to submit their annual national reports by 31 December 2022, using the electronic reporting system.

Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!

Clock is ticking for 2021 national reports submissions!
 
2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available
Invitation letters to the 2023 BRS COPs have been sent out to Parties.

2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available

2023 Basel COP provisional agenda now available
 
Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time
The meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 14 to 17 November 2022, and it will address a number of specific submissions to support Basel Convention Parties.

Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time

Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee meets for the 15th time
 
Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!
On 23 November 2022, during the 3rd Plastic Waste Partnership meeting, the Partnership will host a webinar to provide insights from the field about its pilot projects.

Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!

Join the PWP webinar to learn more about the Partnership’s pilot projects programme!
 
UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate
The event was co-organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate

UN agencies at COP27 urge action to tackle impact of plastic waste on climate
 
Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva
The annual joint meeting of the Regional Centres under the Basel and the Stockholm Conventions is taking place from 7 to 9 November 2022.

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva
 
Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!
The top three stories will be announced in December 2022 and will be adapted into animated videos premiering during the 2023 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (2023 BRS COPs), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2023.

Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!

Submit your stories for our e-waste competition by 14 November 2022!
 
Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning
The Basel Convention has teamed up with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme for a webinar addressing lead exposure. The event will take place on 25 October 2022, on the margins of the 10th International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning

Join the webinar: 20 years of action to eliminate lead poisoning
 
BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
The BRS Conventions address the importance of sustainably managing chemicals and wastes to combat climate change.

BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference

BRS Secretariat at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference
 
The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!
International E-waste Day 2022 marks a new deal on e-waste under the Basel Convention.

The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!

The Basel Convention makes history on e-waste!
 
Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!
The webinar on the Transboundary movement of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) vs second-hand Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is organized by the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Slovakia in cooperation with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat. It will be held on 14 October 2022, from 10:00 to 12:00 CEST.

Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!

Join us for a webinar on International E-waste Day!

The Basel Convention technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular on the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention were adopted on an interim basis by the Conference of the Parties, in 2019, with decision BC-14/5. In decision 15/7, the Conference of the Parties asked the Secretariat to organize technical assistance activities on the guidelines in cooperation with the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres.

This webinar will introduce the experience of European Union countries in the implementation and enforcement of the principles included in the guidelines.

This activity is organized in connection with the celebrations for International E-waste Day, 2022 edition.

The International E-waste Day takes place on 14 October every year. It was first introduced in 2018 by the Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum to raise awareness of the need for e-waste recycling among consumers. This year’s theme, “Recycle it all, no matter how small!”, is focused on highlighting the importance of recycling even smaller e-waste.

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Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022
The Bureau members will discuss the provisional agenda and preparations of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in 2023.

Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022

Basel COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 11 to 12 October 2022
 
Advance report for COP-15 now available in English
The report of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal covers work carried out during the resumed fifteenth meeting (face-to-face and high-level segments).

Advance report for COP-15 now available in English

Advance report for COP-15 now available in English
 
CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals
During the 18th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee, delegates will focus on finalising guidance documents about the terbufos and iprodione pesticides, both of which could be considered for listing in 2023. The meeting will conclude on 23 September.

CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals

CRC-18 begins in Rome with reviews of final regulatory actions for 10 chemicals
 
Solomon Islands becomes 190th Party to the Basel Convention
Basel Convention edges towards almost universal coverage as the Solomon Islands deposits its instrument of accession, with entry into force on 23 November 2022

Solomon Islands becomes 190th Party to the Basel Convention

Solomon Islands becomes 190th Party to the Basel Convention
 
UN Oceans Conference side event highlights plastic waste trade regime under Plastic Waste Amendments
The event will take place on 28 June, 16:00 Lisbon time. Speakers will include ministers and high-level officers from the Seychelles Zimbabwe and Kenya as well as NORAD and SPREP, and the panel discussion among the representatives from the regional government of Sweden, SPREP, UNODC, and UNCTAD.

UN Oceans Conference side event highlights plastic waste trade regime under Plastic Waste Amendments

UN Oceans Conference side event highlights plastic waste trade regime under Plastic Waste Amendments
 
UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum
With the campaign slogan “Plastic is Forever, so it’s time to get clever about managing it!”, the BRS Conventions highlight the need to manage plastic waste in environmentally sound ways.

UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum

UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum
 
Voices from the Field explain how they fight against the plastic waste crisis
The video series showcases stories from the development and implementation of SGP and PWP pilot projects.

Voices from the Field explain how they fight against the plastic waste crisis

Voices from the Field explain how they fight against the plastic waste crisis
 
BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!
The face-to-face segment of the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs) picks up where the High-level Segment left off last week in Stockholm.

BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!

BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!
 
Plastic is Forever campaign draws attention to plastic waste management
The campaign, which hails the positive impact of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments, includes a PSA video, a hackathon event, a social media challenge, subsequent publications from the PWP photo competition, and the illumination of Geneva’s Palais des Nations.

Plastic is Forever campaign draws attention to plastic waste management

Plastic is Forever campaign draws attention to plastic waste management
 
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