All activities

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

All side events will be held during lunch breaks and in the evenings. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2023.

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!
 
Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available

The meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 October 2022.

Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available

Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available
 
2023 Stockholm COP provisional agenda now available

Invitation letters to BRS COPs have been sent out to Parties.

2023 Stockholm COP provisional agenda now available

2023 Stockholm COP provisional agenda now available
 
Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva

The annual joint meeting of the Regional Centres under the Basel and the Stockholm Conventions is taking place from 7 to 9 November 2022.

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres meet in Geneva
 
9th Expert Group Meeting on DDT underway in Geneva

DDT experts are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from 7 to 9 November to discuss the chemical’s usage for disease vector control.

9th Expert Group Meeting on DDT underway in Geneva

9th Expert Group Meeting on DDT underway in Geneva
 
Outcomes of the eighteenth meetings the Chemical Review Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

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 eighteenth meetings of the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee (CRC-18) and the Stockholm Convention’s Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-18).

Outcomes of the eighteenth meetings the Chemical Review Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

Outcomes of the eighteenth meetings the Chemical Review Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee
 
Stockholm Convention’s Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meets for the second time

The meeting will take place in Geneva, from 1 to 4 November 2022.

Stockholm Convention’s Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meets for the second time

Stockholm Convention’s Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meets for the second time
 
Meeting of the global coordination group for the POPs monitoring plan

The meeting, which will take place in Geneva, from 30 to 31 October 2022, will focus on finalising the third global monitoring report.

Meeting of the global coordination group for the POPs monitoring plan

Meeting of the global coordination group for the POPs monitoring plan
 
Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 27 to 28 October 2022

The Bureau members will discuss the provisional agenda and preparations of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention in 2023.

Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 27 to 28 October 2022

Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva from 27 to 28 October 2022
 
BAT/BEP Expert Meeting taking place in Geneva from 11 to 13 October

The expert meeting on Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) under the Stockholm Convention will focus on the revision and finalization of guidance documents, and the workplan for the next biennium.

BAT/BEP Expert Meeting taking place in Geneva from 11 to 13 October

BAT/BEP Expert Meeting taking place in Geneva from 11 to 13 October
 
POPRC-18 concludes with recommendations to list Dechlorane Plus and UV-328, and news of Italy becoming a Party to the Stockholm Convention

Experts from around the world worked on draft risk profiles and draft risk management evaluations to determine whether to recommend that a series of chemicals fulfil the criteria to be considered Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-18 concludes with recommendations to list Dechlorane Plus and UV-328, and news of Italy becoming a Party to the Stockholm Convention

POPRC-18 concludes with recommendations to list Dechlorane Plus and UV-328, and news of Italy becoming a Party to the Stockholm Convention

Experts from around the world worked on draft risk profiles and draft risk management evaluations to determine whether to recommend that a series of chemicals fulfil the criteria to be considered Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention.

The 18th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-18) concluded today in Rome, Italy. Chaired by New Zealand’s Dr Peter Dawson, POPRC-18 was held from 26 to 30 September 2022, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

POPRC’s Committee of 31 experts from around the world meets every year to review chemicals and determine whether to recommend to the Convention’s governing body that the chemicals be listed under Annex A (elimination), B (restriction) or C (unintended release) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

This time around, POPRC-18 recommended the listing of two industrial chemicals – Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 – under Annex A. A flame retardant and a UV absorbent respectively, both chemicals are heavily used as plastic additives, including for uses that require time to be phased out, such as for motor vehicles, industrial machines and in medical devices. For that reason, the POPRC-18 recommendations included time-limited specific exemptions, which will be considered by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-11).

In addition, the Committee made recommendations related to the continued need for exemptions with respect to industrial chemicals that are already listed under the Stockholm Convention. The chemicals are decabromodiphenyl ether, short-chain chlorinate paraffins (SCCPs), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF). The recommendations will also be put for consideration at the SC COP-11.

POPRC-18 also adopted two risk profiles for “chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-C17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight (MCCPs)” and “long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs), their salts and related compounds”. MCCPs are used in adhesives, paints, and textiles. Long-chain PFCAs, their salts and compounds, have a wide range of applications, including in carpet protectors and firefighting foams. The PORRC-18 Committee evaluated the chemicals’ persistence, bioaccumulation, and potential for long-range environmental transport, ultimately determining that global action is warranted, as the chemicals generate adverse effects on human health and the environment.

The meeting closed on a high note, with an official communication from the Convention’s depositary that Italy had ratified the Stockholm Convention, thereby becoming its 186th Party. The Convention will enter into force for this newest Party on 28 December 2022.

The 19th POPRC meeting will take place from 9 to 13 October 2023 in Rome where the Committee experts will consider the risk profile of the insecticide chlorpyrifos, among other tasks.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) brings together the three leading multilateral environmental agreements that share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.
 http://www.brsmeas.org/

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants looks to protect human health and the environment from highly dangerous, long-lasting chemicals by restricting and ultimately eliminating their production, use, trade, release and storage.
http://chm.pops.int/

For information on the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention, contact: Kei Ohno Woodall, BRS Senior Programme Management Officer, kei.ohno@un.org

For media inquiries, contact: Marisofi Giannouli, BRS Associate Public Information Officer, marisofi.giannouli@un.org

POPRC-18 now in session!

The 18th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention is taking place this week in Rome, Italy, back-to-back with the 18th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee.

POPRC-18 now in session!

POPRC-18 now in session!
 
Advance report for COP-10 now available in English

The report of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants covers work carried out during the resumed tenth meeting (face-to-face and high-level segments).

Advance report for COP-10 now available in English

Advance report for COP-10 now available in English
 
Apply for the 5th funding cycle of the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by 12 August!

A total of 66 countries have already been approved to receive support in the first five rounds to facilitate the fulfilment of obligations towards the chemicals and waste related instruments.

Apply for the 5th funding cycle of the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by 12 August!

Apply for the 5th funding cycle of the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme by 12 August!
 
Pierce Brosnan and his son, Paris Brosnan, launch video appeal to tackle plastic waste pollution

Legendary Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan and Paris Brosnan, a filmmaker and environmental activist, have joined forces with the BRS Conventions to draw attention to the need for plastic waste management. Their PSA video is part of the Plastic is Forever campaign.

Pierce Brosnan and his son, Paris Brosnan, launch video appeal to tackle plastic waste pollution

Pierce Brosnan and his son, Paris Brosnan, launch video appeal to tackle plastic waste pollution
 
BRS COPs conclude with major decisions on e-waste movement and ban of harmful chemicals affecting firefighters

Pierce Brosnan and Dominic Thiem salute Basel Convention’s work to foster the environmentally sound management of plastic waste..

BRS COPs conclude with major decisions on e-waste movement and ban of harmful chemicals affecting firefighters

BRS COPs conclude with major decisions on e-waste movement and ban of harmful chemicals affecting firefighters
 
UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum

With the campaign slogan “Plastic is Forever, so it’s time to get clever about managing it!”, the BRS Conventions highlight the need to manage plastic waste in environmentally sound ways.

UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum

UN Palais des Nations shines bright during the BRS COPs Plastics Forum
 
Global environmental agenda advances as BRS COPs are held in Geneva to discuss chemicals and wastes management

More than 1500 registered participants representing the BRS Conventions reconvene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 to 17 June, for the first time in three years. Under the theme “Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”, the BRS COPs will address the impact of hazardous chemicals and wastes on human health and the environment.

Global environmental agenda advances as BRS COPs are held in Geneva to discuss chemicals and wastes management

Global environmental agenda advances as BRS COPs are held in Geneva to discuss chemicals and wastes management
 
BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!

The face-to-face segment of the Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS COPs) picks up where the High-level Segment left off last week in Stockholm.

BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!

BRS COPs are reconvening in Geneva until 17 June!
 
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