In the spotlight

 Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.


Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
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Announcements

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 
The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices
The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.
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Highlights

New Parties to the Convention

Transmission of National Implementation Plans

Record Funding for the Global Environment

Record Funding for the Global Environment

US$ 4.43 billion pledged for the Global Environment Facility.

Record Funding for the Global Environment

Record Funding for the Global Environment
 
Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.  

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

Resource mobilization for the 2014-15 biennium takes off with concept notes for voluntary financial contributions

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.

 

Stockholm Convention Bureau discusses preparation for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Stockholm Convention Bureau discusses preparation for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention will meet from 14 to 15 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stockholm Convention Bureau discusses preparation for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Stockholm Convention Bureau discusses preparation for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties
 

Clock starts ticking towards entry into force of HBCD amendment

The amendment for the listing of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to Annex A of the Stockholm Convention will enter into force on 26 November 2014 for most Parties.  

Clock starts ticking towards entry into force of HBCD amendment

The official notification of HBCD has been communicated, by the Depositary/Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs in New York, to all Parties on 26 November 2013.

The notification is now available in English and in French

The HBCD amendment will enter into force for Parties on 26 November 2014, except for those Parties which might opt out, or for those Parties which had submitted the declaration for opting-in to any amendments, at the time they submitted their instruments of ratification of the Convention.

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First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

INTERPOL and the BRS Secretariat launch e-learning module to help law enforcement officers identify and prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes.

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste

First e-learning tool launched to prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and waste
 
NIP Updating in view of the entry into force of the amendment listing HBCD under the Stockholm Convention

The objective of this webinar is to increase Parties’ knowledge on existing guidance to update NIPs, increase their understanding of HBCD and other POP-PBDEs listed, and their capacity to make inventories of POP-PBDEs, as part of the NIP update.

Recording    3 April 2014, English

NIP Updating in view of the entry into force of the amendment listing HBCD under the Stockholm Convention

NIP Updating in view of the entry into force of the amendment listing HBCD under the Stockholm Convention

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 1 April at 10 am
Register
Thursday, 3 April at 4 pm
Register
Tuesday, 6 May at 4 pm (Spanish) Register

Objectives

Increasing Parties’ knowledge on existing guidance to update NIPs, Parties’ understanding of HBCD and other POP-PBDEs listed, and Parties’ capacity to make inventories of POP-PBDEs, as part of the NIP update.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min
  2. Presentations
    • Understanding HBCD and POPs-PBDEs - 10 min.
                 (by Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions)
    • Establishing inventory of HBCD and POPs-PBDEs - 10 min.
                 (by Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions)
  3. Questions and answers

Target group

Stockholm Convention Official Contact Points, Basel Convention Competent Authorities, Rotteredam Convention DNAs and National Focal Points, national experts involved in the review and update of the NIPs at the national level, especially in the undertaking of the new POPs inventories, Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group on new POPs waste, POPRC members and observers, CRC members and observers.

Background

In May 2009, certain brominated flame retardants were listed to Annex A:
  • Hexabromobiphenyl (HBB)
  • Two polybrominated diphenyl ethers (collectively referred to as POP-PBDEs in this document):
    • Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether
    • Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether
In May 2013, Hexabromocyclododecane was listed in Annex A of the Convention.

Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years of the date on which the amendment entered into force for them. In the cases of the 2009 and 2011 amendments, most Parties had to submit their NIPs by 26 August 2012 and by October 2014 respectively. In the case of HBCD Parties are expected to include it in their NIPs and submit it by 14 November 2016. Parties are also required to register for exemptions therefore when updating their NIPs, Parties are encouraged to take into account Endosulfan and HBCD and consider their continued need for exemptions.

Due to the complexity and magnitude of usage of the POP-PBDEs, eliminating them represents a challenge for many Parties. These chemicals have been widely used in many industrial sectors for the manufacture of a variety of products and articles, including consumer articles. For example, POP-PBDEs have been used in the electronics industry for the manufacture of plastic casings for computer equipment and in the transport industry for the manufacture of foam cushioning in automobiles.

To develop effective strategies that can lead to the elimination of the newly listed BFRs, Parties need to acquire a sound understanding of their national situation concerning these chemicals. Such information can be obtained through inventories. The establishment of inventories is thus one of the main phases in the development of NIPs and is recommended as part of the elaborated process for reviewing and updating of NIPs, endorsed by the COP, decision SC-2/7.
National Reports due through the New Electronic System of the Stockholm Convention

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Stockholm Convention in the submission of their national reports using the improved electronic reporting system.

Recording   25 March 2014, English

National Reports due through the New Electronic System of the Stockholm Convention

National Reports due through the New Electronic System of the Stockholm Convention

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 25 March at 10 am, English
Register
Thursday 27 March at 4 pm, English
Register

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hours)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 8 April at 10 am, French   
Cancelled
Thursday  10 April at 4 pm, Spanish
Register
Tuesday 29 April at 10 am, French   
Register
Thursday 8 May at 4 pm, Spanish      
Register

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Stockholm Convention in the submission of their national reports using the improved electronic reporting system.

Content

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • The new online electronic reporting system of the Stockholm Convention - 20 min.
  3. Discussion - 35 min

Background

Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Stockholm Convention online. The Secretariat updated the electronic reporting system of the Stockholm Convention to include the newly listed POPs and improved the electronic reporting system in order to facilitate a more proper and convenient online reporting. The Secretariat will provide support to each Party through a series of webinars that will present the new features of the electronic reporting system. During the webinars, an expert will demonstrate how the tool functions and will answer the questions of the participants.
Each Party to the Stockholm Convention is required to send its national report pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention, which, in accordance with decision SC-5/16 is to be submitted to the Secretariat by 31 August 2014 for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its seventh meeting. In addition, the national reports will be considered as one element in undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Convention pursuant to Article 16 as well as the evaluation of progress towards the elimination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB).
The new electronic reporting system will be launched by the Secretariat in mid-March 2014 and this series of webinars will present it to the Parties for the first time.

Target group

Stockholm Convention points of contact and national focal points, Stockholm Convention regional centres, and interested stakeholders.
Final report of POPRC-9 meeting released

The final report of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee has been published in the six official UN languages.

Final report of POPRC-9 meeting released

Final report of POPRC-9 meeting released
 
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014

From the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013
INECC hosts 1st Workshop on Technical Assistance & Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

The first Workshop on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for the Implementation and Compliance of the Stockholm Convention in Mexico City was successfully held from 2 to 4 December 2013.

INECC hosts 1st Workshop on Technical Assistance & Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

INECC hosts 1st Workshop on Technical Assistance & Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

The National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), Regional Center of the Stockholm Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean, has successfully held the first Workshop on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for the Implementation and Compliance of the Stockholm Convention in Mexico City from 2 to 4 December 2013.

The workshop was attended by government representatives from eight countries: Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, as well as national experts in the field.

Training extends conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons
A pilot training on chairing meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions will be offered in Glion, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014.

Training extends conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons

Training extends conventions’ corps of highly qualified chairpersons

Place and Date: Glion, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014

Background: In order to strengthen the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and build synergies, there is a need to expand the number and diversity of trained, confident and willing chairs for the various meetings of the conventions.  These may include ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the Parties, subsidiary bodies and contact and drafting groups as well as other meetings.

While the three conventions have enjoyed good fortune in the past in finding qualified chairs for their meetings, there are challenges in finding willing and experienced chairs from all regions and in maintaining gender and regional diversity among the chairs.

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Upcoming meetings

Ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.9)
Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013

Ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.9)

Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013


Venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.

Highlights: The ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC.9) will be held from 14 to 18 October 2013, with pre-meetings on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. In addition, on Sunday, 20 October 2013, a joint meeting with the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee (CRC) will be held. This joint meeting was agreed to by the bureaux of the Committees and the conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, at their sixth meetings held from 28 April to 10 May 2013. The purpose of the joint meeting is for scientific information exchange between the members of the Committees.

The Committee will have before it proposals for listing decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) and dicofol in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention. The Committee will also review, among other things, the draft risk management evaluation on chlorinated naphthalenes and hexachlorobutadiene and the draft risk profile on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters. We would like to remind you that if you are planning to provide new or additional data on any chemical at the meeting, you should also provide a copy of the full reference documentation to ensure data acceptability.

The Committee’s meetings are open to observers in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Conference of the Parties and the terms of reference of the POPs Review Committee. To participate as an observer, please read the information for admission of observers and submit the completed registration form before 30 August 2013 by fax or e-mail to the Secretariat.

First joint meeting of the Chemical Review Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, 20 October 2013

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Recent meetings

November 2013
Annual joint meeting between the regional centres under the Basel & Stockholm Conventions
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 29 November 2013

Annual joint meeting between the regional centres under the Basel & Stockholm Conventions

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 29 November 2013


Venue: International Environment House 1 (IEH-1), 11-15 Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights: The meeting will focus on the enhanced coordination and collaboration among the regional centres as they exchange experiences on the provision of technical assistance, and discussions on performance and sustainability issues of the centres and ways of coordination so as to best utilize the expertise of the different centres.

The meeting will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 27 November and closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 29 November 2013.

Working language: English

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Subregional Francophone Workshop on enhancing effective participation in the work of the CRC & POPRC
Dakar, Senegal, 19 - 21 November 2013

Subregional Francophone Workshop on enhancing effective participation in the work of the CRC & POPRC

Dakar, Senegal, 19 - 21 November 2013


Venue: Hôtel des Almadies, Dakar

Highlights: This meeting is kindly co-funded by the European Commission and the Government of Germany. The workshop is jointly organized by the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

The workshop will be held in French.

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