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8th Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE.8)
The annual meeting of the members of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) was held on 5-6 February 2024 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting enhanced and improved international coordination to prevent and combat the illegal traffic of hazardous wastes.

8th Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE.8)

8th Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE.8)
 
COP-16 meeting report in languages now available
The final version of the report of the Basel Convention COP-16 is now available in all 6 UN languages.

COP-16 meeting report in languages now available

COP-16 meeting report in languages now available
 
BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023
As we look back on 2023, the BRS Secretariat is proud to share with you some of the key highlights that has made this year a special one!

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023
 
BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action
The BRS Secretariat engaged in COP28 in various events and shares its takeaways from the meeting on the contribution of the sound management of chemicals and wastes to climate action.

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action
 
How sustainable trade and waste management can support climate mitigation through addressing plastic pollution, 8 December, 10:30-11:30 am (UTC+4)
Join live and learn more about how responsible trade and environmentally sound management of plastic waste contribute to tackle climate change, promote healthy oceans and protect biodiversity.

How sustainable trade and waste management can support climate mitigation through addressing plastic pollution, 8 December, 10:30-11:30 am (UTC+4)

How sustainable trade and waste management can support climate mitigation through addressing plastic pollution, 8 December, 10:30-11:30 am (UTC+4)
 
The expert working group on the review of Annexes meets in Geneva for its sixth meeting from 28 November to 1 December 2023
Experts are expected to develop revised amendment proposals on Annex IV for the consideration of OEWG-14.

The expert working group on the review of Annexes meets in Geneva for its sixth meeting from 28 November to 1 December 2023

The expert working group on the review of Annexes meets in Geneva for its sixth meeting from 28 November to 1 December 2023

From 28 November to 1 December 2023, more than sixty members and observers of the expert working group on the review of Annexes will meet for the sixth time in Geneva to continue their work on the review of Annexes I, III and IV to the Basel Convention. Since its establishment in 2017, the group has been instrumental in facilitating the adoption by the 2022 meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the landmark e-waste amendments put forward by Ghana and Switzerland. It also paved the way to the proposal by the European Union to amend Annex IV, which was considered for the first time by the 2023 meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

In line with decision BC-16/15 and guided by Co-Chairs Magda Gosk (Poland) and Perine Kasonde (Zambia), the group will continue its work to improve legal clarity under the Convention with the expected development of revised amendment proposals on Annex IV and progress towards the development of revised draft recommendations on the review of Annexes I and III for consideration by the Open-ended Working Group at its fourteenth meeting (25-28 June 2024).

The Secretariat gratefully acknowledges the Governments of Norway, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the European Union for their generous financial support to the work of the expert working group.

The meeting page can be accessed here.

Upcoming deadline for Basel Convention national reporting
Complete the online questionnaire and submit the national report for 2022 by 31 December 2023.

Upcoming deadline for Basel Convention national reporting

Upcoming deadline for Basel Convention national reporting
 
Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions
Enhance your chairing skills by taking the free, upgraded training course on Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of BRS Convention Meetings.

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions
 
Plastic Waste Partnership’s Forum on Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Wastes Monday 9 October at 1300 CEST
Showcasing solutions to challenges encountered by Basel Convention Parties and other stakeholders in implementing EPR schemes and promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Plastic Waste Partnership’s Forum on Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Wastes Monday 9 October at 1300 CEST

Plastic Waste Partnership’s Forum on Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Wastes Monday 9 October at 1300 CEST
 
BC COP-16 meeting report now available
Read the advance English version of the report of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention.

BC COP-16 meeting report now available

BC COP-16 meeting report now available
 
Briefing on the outcomes of the face-to-face segment of the COP.16 to the Basel Convention, the COP.11 to the Rotterdam Convention and the COP.11 to the Stockholm Convention
The online briefings provided an overview of the outcomes of the latest meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Recordings and presentations are available for download.

Briefing on the outcomes of the face-to-face segment of the COP.16 to the Basel Convention, the COP.11 to the Rotterdam Convention and the COP.11 to the Stockholm Convention

Briefing on the outcomes of the face-to-face segment of the COP.16 to the Basel Convention, the COP.11 to the Rotterdam Convention and the COP.11 to the Stockholm Convention
 
Follow-up to the Basel Convention COP-16 kick-started
Check out the various calls for information and nominations set out in decisions of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention.

Follow-up to the Basel Convention COP-16 kick-started

Follow-up to the Basel Convention COP-16 kick-started
 
The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available
The recently launched report on the Global governance of plastics and associated chemicals provides the first comprehensive mapping of the existing global governance landscape for plastics and associated chemicals. The mapping includes both binding and voluntary measures adopted at the global level that explicitly refer to plastics and chemicals known to be found in plastics, as well as those measures that may encompass plastics and associated chemicals by inference.

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available
 
Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
The Eastern Europe regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions took place from 28 to 30 March 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting which was hosted by the Government of Croatia and organized in cooperation with the Basel Convention Regional Centre located in Slovakia, provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional po...

Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
On Tuesday 28 March 2023 participants attending the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Preparatory meeting for the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions were welcomed to Panama-City by Dr. Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health of Panama and Dr. Eduardo Flores Castro, Rector of the University of Panama. The meeting which was organized in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre in Panama, provided an oppo...

Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead
Delegates from the Africa region met from 21 to 23 March 2023 in Dakar, Senegal during the regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 BRS COPs. The meeting provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead

Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead
 
Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs
The Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 BRS COPS was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 to 16 March 2023. The meeting provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs

Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
International support for the Ban Amendment continues to increase
International efforts to control unwanted imports of waste continues to strengthen, with Thailand becoming the 102nd Party to ratify the Basel Convention Ban Amendment.

International support for the Ban Amendment continues to increase

International support for the Ban Amendment continues to increase
 
Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs
Regional preparatory meetings for the upcoming meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions are taking place in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and GRULAC regions during March 2023.

Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs

Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs
 
Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
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