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Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments
Adopted by Parties one year ago in May 2019, the Amendments become effective on 1 January 2021. Learn all you need to know by consulting the Secretariat’s FAQ, newly online.

Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments

Now online: Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments
 
Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!
The UNEP/TED-ed initiative has attracted millions of children worldwide since launching in April. Join the Plastics Quest, live from Monday 18 May, brought into your home by the BRS Secretariat and partners.

Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!

Children! Parents! Join Earth School for a different take on home-schooling!
 
Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response
BRS Executive Secretary joins UNEP, WHO, UNEP and others in a webinar on 19 May to discuss necessary responses to increased medical waste in light of the COVID-19 emergency.

Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response

Sustainability after COVID-19: The medical waste response
 
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 8 May 2020)</span>
 

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings (Updated 8 May 2020)

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 8 May 2020)</span>
 
New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels
The BRS Secretariat is pleased to announce, thanks to generous funding from Norway, the opening of the new Small Grant Programme on Plastic Waste, open to applications from Basel and Stockholm Convention regional centres until 15 July 2020.

New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels

New Small Grant Programme launched to improve plastic waste management at municipal, national and regional levels
 
To rid the world of POPs, Kyrgyzstan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Addressing amendments to the Convention made at COP-4 and COP-5, Kyrgyzstan has transmitted its updated NIP.

To rid the world of POPs, Kyrgyzstan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To rid the world of POPs, Kyrgyzstan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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!
 
Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
The BRS Secretariat and partners’ Massive Open Online Course on electronic, or e-waste, is a unique opportunity to learn how you can become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge

Enroll for this online course to help tackle the global E-waste challenge
 
To help rid the world of Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs, Pakistan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Addressing amendments made at COPs 4, 5, and 6, Pakistan has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

To help rid the world of Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs, Pakistan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To help rid the world of Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs, Pakistan updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
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
 
Outcomes online of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee, 15th meeting
The final version of the POPRC-15 meeting report and decisions taken is now available in all 6 United Nations languages.

Outcomes online of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee, 15th meeting

Outcomes online of the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee, 15th meeting
 
Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184
The Convention will enter into force for Equatorial Guinea on 23 March 2020.

Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184

Accession of Equatorial Guinea takes the number of Parties to the Stockholm Convention to 184
 
Final Report of the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9 is now online
The report of the ninth meeting of the Conference of Parties is now available online in all six official UN languages.

Final Report of the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9 is now online

Final Report of the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9 is now online
 
Panama updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
To help rid the world of persistent organic pollutants or POPs, Panama has transmitted an updated implementation plan covering amendments made at COPs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9.

Panama updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Panama updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Cyprus updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Reflecting amendments made at COPs 6, 7, 8 & 9, Cyprus has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

Cyprus updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Cyprus updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
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