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BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
Register now for the “Tackling plastic waste through the Basel Convention” UNEA-5 Side Event, kicking off at 1330 Geneva time on Thursday 18 February.

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021

BRS hosts plastic waste Side Event at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 18 February 2021
 
Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
Webinars cover the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Small Grants Projects, & Strategic Framework Final Evaluation Report; the Rotterdam Convention’s export notification system; & outcomes from the Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-16 meeting.

Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation

Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
 
Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe
Thanks to funding support from the Norwegian development agency Norad, BRS regional centres are implementing practical projects on the environmentally sound management of plastic waste.

Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe

Plastic waste pilot projects kicking off across the globe
 
Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15
The webinars will provide an overview of the main conclusions and recommendations set out in the report on the final evaluation of the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012–2021 which will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting.

Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15

Webinars on the final evaluation report of the Basel Convention’s strategic framework in view of COP-15
 
Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste
An electronic questionnaire has been sent by the Plastic Waste Partnership to Parties and stakeholders regarding best practices and enabling conditions for improving the collection, separation and recycling of plastic waste. Deadline: 28 February 2021.

Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste

Information requested on enhancing the environmentally sound recycling of plastic waste
 
Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments
This webinar will provide an overview of the activities of the project group on transboundary movements of plastic waste established under the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership (PWP). It will also highlight the information collected by the project group related to national and international specifications for shipments of plastic waste destined for recycling, as referred to in decision BC-14/12 (“Plastic Waste Amendments”). Presentations by stakeholders from government and i...

Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments

Plastic Waste Partnership: activities on transboundary movements of plastic waste and Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste
The Basel Convention’s Follow-up Partnership to PACE invites project proposals promoting sound alternatives to open-pit burning of e-waste and harmful recycling operations, with a deadline of 20 February 2021.

Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste

Funding opportunities for pilot projects on the environmentally sound management of E-waste
 
Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
The proposals come in addition to the proposals to amend Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention and the proposals to amend Annexes A, B and/or C of the Stockholm Convention communicated on 15 December 2020.

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes

Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs marked by the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention and its annexes
 
BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico
The new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico will boost technical assistance and capacity-building activities in the region, including on efforts to combat plastic waste.

BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico

BRS and Government of Panama sign cooperation agreement for new Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico
 
100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019
International efforts to control unwanted imports of waste continue to strengthen, with Nicaragua the latest Party to ratify this key change to the convention.

100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019

100th ratification for the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment, which entered into force in December 2019
 
BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
An electronic questionnaire has been sent to Parties and stakeholders regarding actions taken to implement the amendments and challenges encountered, as part of activities undertaken under the Plastic Waste Partnership, with a deadline of 31 January 2021.

BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments

BRS Secretariat requests information concerning implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
On the agenda is the proposal to list UV-328, and draft risk profiles for Dechlorane Plus and Methoxychlor. All the documents are publically available, online.

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021

Scientific experts meet online for the 16th meeting of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC), 11-16 January 2021
 
Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars
Offered as either stand-alone, or as part of the popular MOOC, these sessions address growing trends in e-waste generation, and impacts on human health & the environment.

Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars

Sign up for the Basel Convention E-waste webinars
 
Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
Organised by GEN with the BRS Secretariat and a host of other partners, the first of the series focuses on plastic waste.

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020

Join the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, online, starting 26 November 2020
 
The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE
BRS looks forward to deepening cooperation with WCO and with customs administrations, to better prevent and combat illegal traffic of hazardous waste.

The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE

The World Customs Organisation joins the Basel Convention’s Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic - or ENFORCE
 
Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system
Focal points are invited to complete and submit the national report through the electronic reporting system, by 31 December 2020.

Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system

Basel Convention national reporting for 2019 now possible through the electronic reporting system
 
Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
Learn about the 7 projects selected for funding from the first call for proposals, by joining this webinar on 12 November at 1400 .

Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste

Webinar to outline the selected projects of the new Small Grants Programme on plastic waste
 
The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed
Originally scheduled to be staged back-to-back with the 5th UN Environment Assembly, OEWG-12 is now postponed until further notice. The meeting report of the online segment is now available.

The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed

The face-to-face segment of the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is postponed
 
Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020
The webinars build on the recent International E-Waste Day, and offer an introduction for those interested in enrolling in the popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on E-waste.

Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020

Interested in the recycling of electronic waste? Then join one of two BRS webinars on 21 & 29 October, 2020
 
Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet
The Theme for the next meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and the associated High-Level Segment, from 19 to 31 July 2021, is “Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet; Sound Management of Chemicals & Waste”.

Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet

Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet
 
International E-Waste Day marked around the world
The BRS Secretariat is proud to support and publicise this day, organised by the WEEE Forum, which aims to draw attention to the growing environmental & health challenges posed by electrical and electronic waste.

International E-Waste Day marked around the world

International E-Waste Day marked around the world
 
New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic
Efforts towards building a circular economy might be compromised by chemical additives in certain plastics, a study by the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centre for the Mediterranean, IPEN, UNEP and the BRS Secretariat finds.

New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic

New report highlights dangers to health and the environment from toxic chemicals found in some types of plastic
 
Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020
The Second Round of funding of the Basel Convention’s Small Grants Programme, generously funded by the Norwegian NORAD agency, is now open.

Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020

Funding available for actions on plastic waste, deadline 31 October 2020
 
Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available
The English advance version of the report of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment), held on 1-3 September 2020, is now available.

Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available

Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (online segment): Meeting report now available
 
Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
Representatives from the Barcelona Convention, CITES, Climate Change Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Minamata Convention, Montreal Protocol, and the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, join the Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee online to discuss ways to better prevent and combat illegal traffic.

Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic

Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
 
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