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BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October
BRS Executive Secretary moderates the “Ministerial Dialogue on Innovative Solutions to Detoxify our Environment” on marine plastic litter and sound management of chemicals & waste.

BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October

BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October
 
On International E-waste Day, please consider the hidden cost of your devices
This year for the first time, 13 October is designated International E-waste Day, to raise awareness of the possible hazards to health and environment of recycling mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices.

On International E-waste Day, please consider the hidden cost of your devices

On International E-waste Day, please consider the hidden cost of your devices
 
News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away
Read the BRS Newsletter, now online, to keep up with actions for a clean planet and healthy people.

News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away

News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away
 
BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova
Regional information sessions, throughout October, are staged back-to-back with Minamata Convention COP-2 preparatory meetings.

BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova

BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
The Netherlands: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention, for a Life with Less Waste
The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Netherlands, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

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

The Netherlands: 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
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
 
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
 
To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations
Entrepreneurs and explorers come together to Beat Plastic Pollution, in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Tuesday 5th June. To register: goo.gl/Cu5nNH.

To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations

To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations
 
BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi
At the 1st meeting of the Ad-Hoc Expert Working Group, Carlos Martin-Novella sets out possible options under the Basel Convention for addressing this key issue.

BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi

BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi
 
Ecuador: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste
The BRS Secretariat congratulates Ecuador on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

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

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

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