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The BRS Secretariat contributed to the recent consultation on human rights and the environment, organised alongside the June session of the Human Rights Council.

Connecting the sound management of chemicals and waste, children’s rights, and the environment

Connecting the sound management of chemicals and waste, children’s rights, and the environment
 

At its eighth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention elected a new Bureau and members of Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee. The list of new officers and members of POPRC is now available.

Elections during Stockholm Convention COP-8

Elections during Stockholm Convention COP-8
 
New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

Experts attending the forthcoming scientific meetings of the Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions can download our updated App.

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs
 
Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management – SAICM - invites all stakeholders to share their views through an online survey on information needs.

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
 
Busy agenda for Stockholm Convention’s scientific body (POPRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Busy agenda for Stockholm Convention’s scientific body (POPRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Scientific experts of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee will meet from 17 to 20 October to discuss, inter alia, the toxic chemicals dicofol, PFOA, PFOS, and PFHxS

Busy agenda for Stockholm Convention’s scientific body (POPRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Busy agenda for Stockholm Convention’s scientific body (POPRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

 

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste

UNITAR, the UN’s training and research institute, and the BRS Secretariat, together offer a range of online training modules of relevance for implementing the conventions.

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste
 
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Science for Sustainable Oceans meeting held in Geneva

BRS is contributing to GESAMP – the UN-wide, global scientific initiative on protecting the marine environment – reflecting the mandate to work on marine litter given at the last COPs.

Science for Sustainable Oceans meeting held in Geneva

Science for Sustainable Oceans meeting held in Geneva
 
Regional focus switches to Indonesia

Read about the BRS regional centre for South-East Asia, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Regional focus switches to Indonesia

Regional focus switches to Indonesia

The Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention in 1995 selected Indonesia to host one of the Basel Convention Regional Centres. Subsequently, a Framework Agreement was signed in 2004 to this effect. The same Centre was endorsed by the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention in 2013 as a Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for an initial 2 years, extended for another 4 years by COP.7.

Expertise of the centre includes industrial waste, particularly hazardous waste management; e-waste inventory; inventory of POPs and NIP updating; conducting national and regional training and awareness-raising workshops on issues relating to the Basel Convention, Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Minamata Convention. Some of the notable project/activities undertaken by the centre are listed below:

Activities related to the Stockholm including Rotterdam Conventions

  • Review and update of the NIP of Indonesia
  • Global workshop on Updating NIPs, 8-10 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Global workshop to promote the use of guidance materials and knowledge sharing among developing countries on industrial POPs (PBDEs, PFOS ad HBCD) under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, 22-24 Nov 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia

Activities related to the Basel Convention

  • A Study on E-waste Management in ASEAN, 2016
  • Regional Training Workshop on Repair, Refurbishment, Reconditioning of Used EEE and Recycling and Final Disposal of E-Waste, 19-21 Apr 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
  • E-waste Training Workshop for Asia and the Pacific, 10-14 Aug 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Regional Workshop for the Environmentally Sound Management of e-Wastes, 13-15 Mar 2007, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Development of e-waste data base in cooperation with UNEP/SBC.
  • Development of Technical Guidelines on e-waste Inventory and 3 R
  • Workshops of Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes

Activities related to Minamata Convention

  • Workshop on Technology Transfer to Mercury-Free Gold Recovery, Pacitan Regency, Indonesia, 21 July 2016.

Activities related to asbestos

  • Pilot project on the environmentally sound management of asbestos wastes within Indonesia (Jan 2010 – Aug 2011)
  • Regional Workshop for the Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos Containing Materials, 19 Dec 2006, Jakarta.
  • Regional Training Workshop on ESM of Asbestos Wastes, 19-21 Oct 2010, Jakarta
  • Inter-agency Workshop on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals, with Special Emphasis on Asbestos, for the Asia-Pacific Region, 29 Sept–1 Oct 2014

At present BCRC-SCRC Indonesia is currently undertaking the following projects:

  • Mercury emissions from the coal-fired power sector in Indonesia (Jan-Dec 2017)
  • Global Monitoring Plan on POPs in Indonesia (2017-2020)

Parties served: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For more information visit: www.bcrc-sea.org.

Sudan transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Sudan has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan (NIP), addressing amendments made by COPs 4 and 5.

Sudan transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Sudan transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Maldives transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Maldives has transmitted its National Implementation Plan (NIP), which also addresses amendments made by COPs 4 and 5.

Maldives transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Maldives transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Stockholm Convention

Nominations for experts, are now required from Parties and others, with a deadline of 30 September 2017.

Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Stockholm Convention

Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Stockholm Convention
 
Stockholm Convention COP-8 meeting report now available

The Advance English version of the report of the eighth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention is now available online.

Stockholm Convention COP-8 meeting report now available

Stockholm Convention COP-8 meeting report now available
 
Germany transmits updated implementation plan for Stockholm Convention

Germany has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan(NIP) addressing amendments made by COPs 5 and 6.

Germany transmits updated implementation plan for Stockholm Convention

Germany transmits updated implementation plan for Stockholm Convention
 
11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

Ten women and one man were honoured at the recent 2017 Triple COPs, recognising their outstanding contributions towards mainstreaming gender into the sound management of chemicals and wastes

11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

 

The booklet for the new 16 POPs added to the Stockholm Convention

Newly developed booklet introduces basic information on the 16 chemicals added to the Stockholm Convention is now available online.

The booklet for the new 16 POPs added to the Stockholm Convention

The booklet for the new 16 POPs added to the Stockholm Convention
 
Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered at the forthcoming meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the Chemical Review Committee (CRC), to be held, respectively, on 17-20 October 2017 and 23-27 October 2017, in Rome, Italy.

Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 
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