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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
 
Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Also addressing amendments from COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, the Russian Federation has transmitted its initial NIP.

Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals

Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals

Data collected and submitted by Parties in their national reports can be used in multiple ways, as demonstrated by new research showing declines in DDT production and use.

Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals

Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals
 
UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

The Rotterdam and Stockholm scientific subsidiary bodies’ meetings - CRC13 and POPRC13 - successfully concluded recently in Rome, and the official Press Release is now online.

UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals
 
BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment

BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment

The BRS Secretariat is proud to be a founder member of the Steering Committee for the UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, meeting for the first time at UNEA-3 in Nairobi, 2-3 December.

BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment

BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment
 
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Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan

To Rid the World of POPs, and incorporating amendments from COP-6 and COP-7, Czechia has transmitted its updated national plan or NIP.

Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan

Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan
 
Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes

Ridwan Tamin, Indonesia, talks to the Secretariat in the latest in our series highlighting the 26 BRS Regional Centres.

Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes

Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes
 
Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

The objective of this online briefing is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the thirteenth meetings of the CRC and POPRC.

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 
New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

Together with IUCN, the BRS Secretariat publishes new research showing progress on mainstreaming gender into the work of the 3 chemical conventions.

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
 
Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention

To rid the world of POPs, Nepal has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, addressing amendments made by COPs 4, 5, & 6.

Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention

Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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.

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