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ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
The 3rd Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) takes place 15 to 16 May, with funding support from Norway.

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
 
BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome
The life-cycle approach to chemicals and waste is a key element to protecting soils from pollution.

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

 

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments
A new World Customs Organisation initiative, known as Operation DEMETER IV, starts in May 2018, to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments.

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

A new global World Customs Organisation (WCO) initiative, called Operation DEMETER IV, will be launched in May 2018 to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments from waste-producing regions and countries to destination countries and regions.

The Operation will be conducted under the guidance of the WCO Secretariat, in close cooperation with China Customs and the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific. The BRS Secretariat will provide assistance for this new initiative. 

For more information, please visit our Enforcement Networks Fact Sheets on the World Customs Organisation page. 

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management
With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the first meeting of the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets in Port Louis from 14 to 17 May 2018 to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Austria on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

 

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Egypt on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

 

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’
Ever-conscious of the need to minimise waste, as required of Parties to the Basel Convention, the BRS Secretariat is contributing to the pan-UN campaign encouraging Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

 

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries
Read the latest BRS interview, with Moustafa Kamel, Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Egypt.

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries
 
Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention – for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
Amongst the key questions under discussion is the distinction between “waste” and “non-waste” in this fast growing waste-stream.

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
 
New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation
The Glossary of Terms is now available online in all 6 UN languages.

New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation

New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation

 

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste
BRS, together with UN Environment, the ILO and the ITU amongst others, is part of a new coalition of UN organisations formed at the recent WSIS2018 Forum to achieve a shared goal of tackling the ever-growing issue of electronic waste.

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

 

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries
Learn about the work of the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Cairo, Egypt.

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries

In 1995 the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention selected Egypt as the site of a Sub-Regional Centre for Arabic-speaking countries initially of Africa but later in 2002 expanded to include Arab speaking countries of West Asia and the Centre renamed as the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Arab States for Training and Technology Transfer. Following the ratification of the Framework Agreement by the Egyptian Parliament in 2005, BCRC-Egypt was established within Cairo University, which is considered to be one of the most outstanding academic and research institutes in the region. Countries that are served by the Centre include: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

BCRC Egypt aims at becoming an effective and reliable partner in the region for environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention and to assist the Parties to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The Centre has focused its efforts on strengthening the regional cooperation of Arab states in hazardous waste management and trans-boundary control which should support compliance with the Basel Convention in the Arab states. In this regard, the centre has organized a large number of regional and national activities such as training, workshops, mainly with the funding provided by the Government of Finland and in collaboration with UNDP/Egypt in the following areas:

  • Inventory of hazardous wastes and chemicals
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Codes on hazardous waste
  • Customs and port officials on controlling illegal trade
  • ESM of Asbestos wastes, POPs pesticides, PCBs and other POPs waste
  • Hazardous waste management technologies and promoting technology transfer
  • Occupational health and safety

The centre has also taken initiatives in establishing a reference accredited lab for POPs analysis, to provide the analysis service to the member states and is equipping itself with relevant testing and monitoring facilities.

BCRC Egypt has a very effective communication strategy and has been in communication with the Arab members through social media, such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/BCRCEgypt.OfficialPage), twitter (www.twitter.com/bcrcegypt) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/bcrcegypt). In addition to these, the Centre has also published from time to time a newsletter in Arabic language which summarized some of its activities.

For more information please contact to:

Prof. Mostafa Kamel
Director, BCRC Egypt
Tel: +20 (2) 35715115
E-mail: cairo@bcrc-egypt.com; kmostafa@sci.cu.edu.eg

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
 
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