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Report of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants on the work of its seventh me... Read more
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127 Governments meeting in Geneva agreed to add endosulfan to the list of POPs to be eliminated worldwide. Read more
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Lao PDR has transmitted its revised and updated national implementation plans addressing COP4 amendments pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 25 April 2016.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has transmitted its initial, revised and updated national implementation plans addressing COP4 and COP5 amendments pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 15 April 2016.
Yemen has transmitted its initial national implementation plans pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 26 January 2016.
Cambodia has transmitted its revised and updated national implementation plans addressing COP4 and COP5 amendments pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 25 January 2016.
Ukraine has transmitted its initial national implementation plans pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 21 January 2016.
Seychelles has transmitted its revised and updated national implementation plans addressing COP4, COP5 and COP6 amendment pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 5 January 2016.
See the national implementation plans.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites.
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Resolutions on the sound management of chemicals and waste, marine litter, and the role of MEAs among resolutions agreed by UN member states at UNEA in Nairobi, 23 - 27 May 2016.
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention will meet from 28 to 29 June 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss preparations for the SC COP-8 in 2017.
Suva, Fiji, was the recent venue for two workshops assisting Pacific parties with updating their National Implementation Plans, and on continuous implementation of the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs.
Suva, Fiji, was the venue for two back-to back workshops: the Regional Workshop on National Implementation Plans, held from 4 to 6 April 2016, and the Inception Workshop of the GMP Pacific Islands GEF, project held from 6 to 8 April 2016. Featuring 18 participants from 14 Pacific Islands Countries, jointly organized by the University of the South Pacific, BRS Secretariat and UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch, the workshop was financially supported by the GEF GMP Pacific project and the NIP project executed by UNEP.
The Pacific region is extremely diverse and parties to the Stockholm Convention experience a very wide range of challenges for implementation, including management of E-waste and pesticides. These issues and more were discussed by the NIP workshop participants during two days which covered inventory taking, addressing priorities and writing effective action plans.
The project “Continuing Regional Support for the POPs Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention” aims to measure the presence of POPs in the Pacific sub-region and to strengthen countries’ capacity for POPs monitoring. Discussed were details on the activities and responsibilities of principal actors and relevant stakeholders in project implementation, including a detailed workplan, timetable and budget.
Next steps for parties in the region include continued work on national inventories and setting of priorities as well as following up on the workplan to implement the agreed GMP activities.
For more information on Stockholm Convention NIPs see the BRS website or contact Ms.Katarina Magulova at Katarina.email@example.com.
For information on the project “Continuing Regional Support for the POPs Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention” visit the UNEP website, or contact Ms. Jacqueline Alvarez at Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aiming to strengthen national institutions and to promote the mainstreaming of sound management of chemicals and wastes, the 1st Call for Proposals is open until 4 July 2016.
The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, members of the two committees, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC
The objectives of the webinar sessions are to provide updates on the chemicals under review by the committees in the intersessional period between the eleventh and the twelfth meetings. This webinar aims at promoting participation of Parties and observers in the work of the committees and at enhancing coordination and cooperation between the committees
Official Contact Points from developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition are invited to fill in an online questionnaire to provide information sought by the Conference of the Parties, by 10 June 2016.
Reflecting amendments adopted at COP4, COP5, and COP6, Senegal has transmitted its revised National Implementation Plan.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the Stockholm Convention and responding to COP4 amendments, Lao PDR has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the Stockholm Convention, Bosnia and Herzegovina has transmitted its National Implementation Plan.
Read the BRS Executive Secretary’s address to the first International Conference on Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS1) held in Kielce, Poland 18-20 April 2016.
The second feature in our series on regional implementation highlights the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Kenya (SCRC-Kenya) is hosted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), in Nairobi.
The icipe, founded in 1970, was nominated by the Africa region to serve as a Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in July 2010.Its primary objective is to research and develop alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management strategies that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. The Centre was endorsed by COP5 in 2011 as a regional and sub-regional centre for capacity building and the transfer of technology for a period of four years. Further, in 2015 the COP7 evaluated the performance of SCRC-Kenya; took note of its excellent performance and endorsed it for another term of four years. The Centre provides assistance mainly to almost all the African countries but could also support countries in other continents having similar issues.
Being hosted in icipe, SCRC Kenya focuses at undertaking research and development for non-chemical alternatives to the use of hazardous pesticides including persistence organic pollutants (POPs) for management of pests and disease vectors. It also promotes capacity-building and transfer of technology to farmers and other stakeholders. Alternative technologies and conservation efforts contribute to reduction in the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other hazardous chemicals in vector and pest control in Africa, and thus reduce their negative impacts. The activities of the SCRC-Kenya are particularly important because most of the POPs that are listed under the Stockholm Convention are pesticides.
A key solution to reducing the impact of hazardous synthetic pesticide substances is to shift to the use of non-chemical alternatives for control of pests and disease vectors. In Africa however, many countries face major barriers to the accomplishment of the shift to the use of non-chemical alternatives that include inadequate expertise, resources, relevant information, technology, and development assistance and policies.
SCRC-Kenya has a long tradition of collaboration, with over 100 partner institutions in Africa and elsewhere in the world that include National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), NGOs, universities, other international organizations. The Centre’s R&D work involves rural communities and members, farmers and farmer groups, national extension service providers and community-based organizations. SCRC-Kenya has formulated innovative approaches through Public-Private Community Partnerships (PPCPs) to create better and more effective products, processes, services and technologies
SCRC-Kenya works in a holistic and integrated approach through a 4-H paradigm comprising “Human Health, Animal Health, Plant Health and Environmental Health”. Research and development has led to a number of effective alternatives that are contributing to reduction in the use of hazardous pesticides including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Africa. Some of the most successful initiatives taken by the centre that led to significant reduction in the use of chemical based pesticides include:
For more information on these initiatives and other information relating to icipe SCRC-Kenya please visit the website: www.icipe.org and for more on other Regional Centres, see http://synergies.pops.int/Implementation/TechnicalAssistance/RegionalCentres/tabid/2636/language/en-US/Default.aspx
Visit the one-stop shop for resources on the life-cycle management of DDT, within the context of the chemicals and waste conventions and pulling together information from WHO, FAO and others.
Green Customs Initiative: the BRS Secretariat hosts the 11th meeting of the GCI Partners in Geneva, 14-15 April 2016.