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Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
The Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10 will be held back-to-back in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 to 30 July 2021.

Save the date: Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs

Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
 
On lock-down or working from home? Why not learn about electronic waste?
The UN Massive Open Online Course on E-waste is open to all: join the webinar to find out if its for you.

On lock-down or working from home? Why not learn about electronic waste?

On lock-down or working from home? Why not learn about electronic waste?
 
Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments enter into force
The ground-breaking decision by Parties to clarify which types of plastic waste are included in the Convention’s legally-binding regulatory system entered into force on 24 March 2020.

Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments enter into force

Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments enter into force
 
Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
Now available online: Overview of concept notes for voluntary contributions for implementing the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions, as approved by COPs in 2019.

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
 
New BRS Technical Series of Guidance Manuals now available online in the 6 UN languages
The new Technical Series from the BRS Secretariat opens with four key publications on national reporting, national reporting best practices, legal frameworks, and illegal traffic.

New BRS Technical Series of Guidance Manuals now available online in the 6 UN languages

New BRS Technical Series of Guidance Manuals now available online in the 6 UN languages
 
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings
 

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings
 
New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution
Photographs are invited from professionals, amateurs and children, and will be judged by a panel including a National Geographic photographer. Deadline for submission: 30 September 2020.

New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution

New Plastic Waste Photo Contest launched to raise awareness on plastic waste pollution
 
Preparations in full swing for the June meeting of the Basel Convention’s OEWG
The 12th meeting of the Basel Convention’s Open-Ended Working Group will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 25 June 2020, back-to-back with the 14th meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee and the meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention.

Preparations in full swing for the June meeting of the Basel Convention’s OEWG

Preparations in full swing for the June meeting of the Basel Convention’s OEWG
 
Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism
BRS information platforms expanded to include new portal sharing publications, events and contacts from the network of regional centres, starting with the Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre for Francophone Africa in Dakar, Senegal, as the first new information source and publisher.

Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism

Regional Centre in Senegal is the first to operationalise automatic information exchange through the BRS Clearing House Mechanism
 
BRS and World Customs Organization seek to deepen cooperation
BRS Executive Secretary meets Director General, Kunio Mikuriya, after giving keynote address at the WCO Enforcement Committee meeting, in Brussels.

BRS and World Customs Organization seek to deepen cooperation

BRS and World Customs Organization seek to deepen cooperation
 
85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council addresses children’s rights to a healthy environment, as UN report shows that 25% of infant deaths are from preventable, environmental hazards.

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!
See Inger Andersen (UNEP), Rolph Payet (BRS), Malcom Johnson (ITU) and Maria Neira (WHO) talk about the newly-launched E-waste Massive Open Online Course.

UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!

UN agencies join forces to help meet the world’s growing electronic waste challenge: you can join in too!
 
Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
A first webinar in a series of five opens the updated and expanded Massive Open Online Course - or MOOC – on E-waste.

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem

Join efforts to tackle the world’s growing E-waste problem
 
First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
Less than a year after its establishment, the new Plastic Waste Partnership of the Basel Convention meets for the first time at Beau Vallon, the Seychelles, from 2 to 5 March 2020.

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles

First meeting of the new UN Plastic Waste Partnership takes place in the Seychelles
 
Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online
The report of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties is now available online in the six UN languages.

Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online

Final Report of the Basel Convention’s COP-14 is now online
 
Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Global seaborne operation on illegal waste dumping, led by INTERPOL, highlights the scale of plastic waste pollution

Month-long operation “30 Days at Sea 2.0” involves more than 200 enforcement agencies and detects more than 3,000 serious offences – land-based and maritime - across 61 countries


Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019
The deadline for 2018 national reports is approaching. Parties can access the questionnaire for national reporting and submit it through the electronic reporting system.

Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019

Basel Convention 2018 national reports due 31 December 2019
 
Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment
Watch live the special event in the UN Palais des Nations, which brings together many of the Convention’s 187 Parties to celebrate the strengthening of efforts for implementing this global, legally-binding, international agreement on waste.

Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment

Diplomatic community in Geneva marks the entry into force of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment
 
BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva
High-level event on 25 November brings together key global stakeholders including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), and China.

BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva

BRS Executive Secretary contributes to discussions on “what role for WTO on addressing plastic pollution” in Geneva
 
Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document
The draft overall guidance document on the environmentally sound management of household waste is now available for comment by Parties and others, by 31 January 2020.

Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document

Household waste in the spotlight: opportunity to comment on Basel Convention guidance document
 
First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership
Hot on the heels of the PWP launch in Geneva on 12 November, the first online consultation takes place on 13 November, chaired by the Co-Chairs, Mr. Ole Thomas Thommesen (Norway) and Mr. Ross Bartley (BIC).

First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership

First online consultation for working group of the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership
 
Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention
The 3rd meeting of the expert working group takes place 5 to 8 November, 2019, with generous financial support from the governments of Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.

Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention

Experts gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, to continue their review of the Annexes to the Basel Convention
 
Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November
As the 2019 Our Oceans conference concludes in Oslo, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr Ole Elvestuen, confirms substantial support for efforts to tackle marine plastic litter.

Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November

Norway pledges funding for new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, which launches on 12 November
 
New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019
Established by the Basel Convention COP in May, members and the diplomatic community gather to launch this new initiative at a special event hosted by the City of Geneva.

New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019

New UN Partnership on Plastic Waste launched in Geneva on 12 November, 2019
 
On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem
A public/private partnership, technical guidelines on environmentally sound management, and a massive open online course are amongst the measures tackling e-waste, the world’s fastest growing hazardous waste stream.

On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem

On the occasion of the second International E-waste Day, read what Parties to the Basel Convention are doing to address this growing global problem

 

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