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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2018/19 is now available on the BRS websites

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

 

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.
 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

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M-Cube launched to raise awareness on marine litter and microplastics

M-Cube launched to raise awareness on marine litter and microplastics

Thanks to funding from the UK, an art installation in the heart of international Geneva became the focus of public awareness activity as part of the Basel Convention High Level Event on 4 September.

M-Cube launched to raise awareness on marine litter and microplastics

M-Cube launched to raise awareness on marine litter and microplastics
 
Preparations for Basel Convention COP-14 underway

Preparations for Basel Convention COP-14 underway

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 19 to 20 June 2018 in Geneva, to discuss preparations for the BC COP-14 in 2019. The meeting report is now online.

Preparations for Basel Convention COP-14 underway

Preparations for Basel Convention COP-14 underway
 
Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur

Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur

A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics states that one worker dies every 30 seconds from toxic exposure in the workplace.

Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur

Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur
 
New era for waste management heralded as waste experts agree a raft of decisions including on marine plastic litter and microplastics

New era for waste management heralded as waste experts agree a raft of decisions including on marine plastic litter and microplastics

The Press Release of the 11th Meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-ended Working Group is now online.

New era for waste management heralded as waste experts agree a raft of decisions including on marine plastic litter and microplastics

New era for waste management heralded as waste experts agree a raft of decisions including on marine plastic litter and microplastics

UN convention on wastes makes breakthrough recommendations to address global marine litter and other types of wastes

6th September 2018: Geneva, Switzerland - Momentum was built in Geneva this week to better address wastes including marine plastic litter and microplastics, through decisions adopted today by the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal[1].

More than 400 experts from 135 countries and international organisations, including industry associations, met and today adopted a suit of decisions related to wastes, including marine plastic litter and microplastics, electronic waste, and household waste.

Additionally, a High Level Event was organised bringing together more than 70 ambassadors and heads of international organisations to further enhance the commitment for global action for marine plastic litter.

Decision, which will now be submitted to the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (or COP), to be held at the end of April 2019 in Geneva, include the following:

A proposed new Partnership on Plastic Waste under the Basel Convention, designed as an international vehicle for public-private cooperation, sharing of best practices, and technical assistance in the area of at-source measures to minimise and more effectively manage plastic waste, thus helping tackle the global environmental problem of marine plastic litter;

Consideration of possible amendments to Annexes of the Convention, in relation to solid plastic waste, in order to assist Parties to better minimise and control their transboundary movement;

Further development of the Technical Guidelines on Electronic Waste (or E-waste), which are available for use by Parties to assist in implementing environmentally sound management of E-waste, which is amongst the fastest-growing waste-streams in the world, as well as consideration of options a new partnership on e-waste to follow the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE);

Further development of the Household Waste Partnership under the Basel Convention, aiming for an integrated approach for household waste management, acknowledged as one of the key challenges related to waste management faced by national governments, particularly in developing countries;

Enhanced cooperation with World Customs Organisation to strengthen the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, used by customs authorities to improve the control of wastes crossing borders.

Finalisation of the draft Manuals on Extended Producer Responsibility, which when completed can assist Parties with concrete actions for promoting the life-cycle approach in the manufacturing of products through to recycling.

Speaking today shortly before closing, the meeting’s Co-Chairs Mr. Mohamed Kashashneh (Jordan) and Ms. Justina Grigaraviciene (Lithuania) congratulated the Parties on reaching what they deemed to be “an historical outcome regarding marine plastic litter and microplastics. This and other decisions taken this week will bring the Basel Convention to a new era of effectiveness in helping Parties minimize and sustainably manage their wastes.”

Reflecting upon both the OEWG11 and the High Level Event, Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, said that the decisions of the OEWG11, combined with heightened international commitment “constitute an important step in addressing the technical, legal, and political dimensions of the problem of marine plastic litter and pollution from other hazardous wastes. These three dimensions reinforce one another and are all vital for tackling such a ubiquitous and significant set of issues and challenges.”.

Meetings continue with the organisation of the 13th Meeting of the Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC13) back-to-back with OEWG11, at which progress is expected on a range of relevant legal questions. Details of decisions taken at ICC13 will be posted on the BRS website in due course.

For further information:

Susan Wingfield
Programme Officer, for OEWG-11
Susan.Wingfield@brsmeas.org
Tel: +41-22-9178406

Juliette Voinov Kohler
Legal officer, for ICC-13
Juliette.Kohler@brsmeas.org
Tel: +41-22-9178219

BRS Press Enquiries

Charlie Avis
Public Information Officer
Charles.Avis@brsmeas.org 
Tel: +41-79-7304495

 



[1] The Basel  Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal is the most comprehensive international environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes and is almost universal, with 186 Parties. For more information, see www.basel.int

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Watch the Basel Convention High-Level Event on Marine Litter

More than 70 ambassadors gathered in Geneva on 4 September to discuss ways forward to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics.

Watch the Basel Convention High-Level Event on Marine Litter

Watch the Basel Convention High-Level Event on Marine Litter
 
Basel Convention High-Level Event focuses spotlight on marine litter and waste

International Geneva will mobilise for action on marine litter, waste, and microplastics from 2 to 6 September.

Basel Convention High-Level Event focuses spotlight on marine litter and waste

Basel Convention High-Level Event focuses spotlight on marine litter and waste
 
Basel Convention OEWG-11 to consider issues related to waste containing nanomaterials

The report on issues waste containing nanomaterials and options for work under the Convention is now available online.

Basel Convention OEWG-11 to consider issues related to waste containing nanomaterials

Basel Convention OEWG-11 to consider issues related to waste containing nanomaterials
 
Global gatherings of chemicals and waste expertise as BRS stages subsidiary body meetings

Scientific, legal and policy experts from across the world converge on Geneva and Rome to prepare decisions for the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Global gatherings of chemicals and waste expertise as BRS stages subsidiary body meetings

Global gatherings of chemicals and waste expertise as BRS stages subsidiary body meetings
 
The Seychelles: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste

The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Seychelles, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention


The Seychelles: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste

The Seychelles: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste

 

BRS contributes to high-level political debate on sound management

BRS chief Rolph Payet participated in discussions at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, at which Sweden announced the launch of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste.

BRS contributes to high-level political debate on sound management

BRS contributes to high-level political debate on sound management
 
Tanzania: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste

The BRS Secretariat congratulates the United Republic of Tanzania, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

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

Tanzania: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste
 
Antigua and Barbuda: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

The BRS Secretariat congratulates Antigua and Barbuda on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

Antigua and Barbuda: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Antigua and Barbuda: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
Single-use plastics again the focus of international attention

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day as organisations worldwide keep marine litter at the top of the global agenda.

Single-use plastics again the focus of international attention

Single-use plastics again the focus of international attention

 

BRS Executive Secretary conducts live interview at The GEF Assembly, Danang, Viet Nam

Join Rolph Payet at 1000 Central European Time today for insights as to how the sound management of chemicals and wastes contributes to a clean planet and healthy people.

BRS Executive Secretary conducts live interview at The GEF Assembly, Danang, Viet Nam

BRS Executive Secretary conducts live interview at The GEF Assembly, Danang, Viet Nam
 
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