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Improved governance called for to prevent 12,000 million tonnes of plastic waste by 2050

Read the BRS Press Release on marine litter, as BRS and Barcelona conventions join forces to help beat plastic pollution.

Improved governance called for to prevent 12,000 million tonnes of plastic waste by 2050

Improved governance called for to prevent 12,000 million tonnes of plastic waste by 2050

7th December 2018: Geneva, Switzerland - With UN Environment reporting that 12,000 million tonnes of plastic will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050 under current trends1, the international community mobilised in Geneva, Switzerland this week to explore ways to tackle marine plastics litter, one of the most visible and pressing environmental issues of our time.

Improved governance, a holistic approach, a possible new global treaty, strengthening existing initiatives and instruments, and better coordination among them, were considered as options, which will go to the next UN Environment Assembly, UNEA-4 in Nairobi next March, for consideration and actioning.

One existing legally-binding instrument, the Basel Convention, was recognised as a valuable avenue for governments and stakeholders to tackle plastic pollution, given it is almost universal and has a number of relevant features, with amendments being discussed at its next conference of the parties next year. Focussing on tackling waste generation at source and at the household level, a Basel Convention Partnership on Household Waste was initiated in 2017 to explore and disseminate innovative solutions, an integrated approach, avoidance and minimisation of waste at source as well systems for the collection, separation, transport, storage, treatment, processing, recycling and where necessary, final disposal, of household waste. More information is available here: http://www.basel.int/?tabid=5082.

Responding to the call for urgency and to improve actions in the Mediterranean region, strengthened cooperation between international agreements was announced on Friday 6th December, with the secretariats of the Barcelona Convention2 and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions3 signing a new memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting regional efforts including to beat plastic pollution.

Next, the Basel Convention’s Conference of the Parties (COP), in April/May 2019, will consider a range of additional steps to better address the challenges of plastics wastes4 including proposed amendments to the Convention to better address plastic wastes5; a set of further actions and establishing a new Partnership on Plastic Waste designed as an international vehicle for public-private cooperation, sharing of best practices, and technical assistance in the area of at-source measures to minimise and more effectively manage plastic waste, thus helping tackle the global environmental problem of marine plastic litter. More information on minimising plastic waste is available here: http://www.basel.int/?tabid=6068.

NOTES for EDITORS:

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, or BRS Secretariat, supports parties implement the three leading multilateral environment agreements governing chemicals and waste, in order to protect human health and the environment. See www.brsmeas.org for more info and follow @brsmeas twitter feed for daily news.

The Barcelona Convention was adopted in 1976 and aims to protect and improve the marine and coastal environment in the Mediterranean, whilst promoting regional and national plans contributing to sustainable development. Today, 21 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the European Union, are Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention. The UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) is a cooperative effort to support the implementation of the Barcelona Convention. See web.unep.org/unepmap for more info.

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Charlie Avis
Public Information Officer
BRS Secretariat
Charles.avis@brsmeas.org
Tel: +41-79-7304495

 


1. UN Environment UNEP/AHEG/2018/1/INF/3: Combating marine plastic litter and microplastics: an assessment of the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and subregional governance strategies and approaches; p.9;  available at : https://papersmart.unon.org/resolution/uploads/unep_aheg_2018_inf3_full_assessment_en.pdf

2. Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean.

3. Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

 

Side event in Geneva marks conventions joining forces to beat plastic pollution

The Barcelona and BRS conventions strengthen their cooperation to support the Mediterranean Action Plan and tackle marine plastic litter, at a signing event on 7 December 2018.

Side event in Geneva marks conventions joining forces to beat plastic pollution

Side event in Geneva marks conventions joining forces to beat plastic pollution
 
Life-Cycle Approach to chemicals and waste in the spotlight in Beijing, China

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre’s roundtable meeting brings together participants from 7 Asian countries to discuss better approaches to chemicals and waste management.

Life-Cycle Approach to chemicals and waste in the spotlight in Beijing, China

Life-Cycle Approach to chemicals and waste in the spotlight in Beijing, China
 
Beat Marine Plastic Pollution: UN experts meet in Geneva to examine options

Important meeting assesses how to improve governance for tackling marine plastic pollution.

Beat Marine Plastic Pollution: UN experts meet in Geneva to examine options

Beat Marine Plastic Pollution: UN experts meet in Geneva to examine options
 
Stockholm Convention implementing agencies meet informally to boost implementation

The BRS Secretariat organised an informal brainstorming session of partners in Geneva, 17 November 2019, to identify cooperative strategies for maximising impact.

Stockholm Convention implementing agencies meet informally to boost implementation

Stockholm Convention implementing agencies meet informally to boost implementation

The BRS Secretariat organised an informal brainstorming session of Stockholm Convention implementing agencies and other partners in Geneva, 17 November 2019, to identify cooperative strategies for maximising impact and boosting implementation.

With a view to enhancing cooperation and boosting implementation of the Convention, and therefore increasing impact on the ground, a large number of implementing agencies and other stakeholders gathered in Geneva to informally plan for the period 2018-2022.

In addition to the BRS Executive Secretary and staff, representatives attended from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia (Indonesia); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO; the Global Environment Facility, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP); the Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); and UN Environment.

Taking a solutions-oriented approach and recognising that business-as-usual is not sufficient to meet current and future challenges, the group sought to identify priority areas and actions in light of reduced funding and ever-expanding scope of activities. Opportunities for raising awareness of the Convention’s many successes were also identified.

The outcomes of the meeting will be shared with Parties in an Information Document, with a next meeting planned to be held during the BRS Triple COPs, 29 April to 10 May 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, please contact BRS Programme Manager Frank Moser on email: frank.moser@brsmeas.org.

To help beat pollution, Uruguay transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Uruguay has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, in both English & Spanish, addressing amendments made at COP4, 5, 6 & 7.

To help beat pollution, Uruguay transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To help beat pollution, Uruguay transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

The bureaux will meet on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss preparations for the 2019 triple COPs.

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
 
Parties notified of recommendations for listing additional chemicals to Stockholm Convention's Annex A

Written comments are invited by 31 December 2018 on recommendations for the next COP concerning the listing of additional chemicals.

Parties notified of recommendations for listing additional chemicals to Stockholm Convention's Annex A

Parties notified of recommendations for listing additional chemicals to Stockholm Convention's Annex A
 
Guatemala: celebrating 10 years of implementing the Stockholm Convention, to rid the world of POPs

The BRS Secretariat congratulates Guatemala, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Stockholm Convention.

Guatemala: celebrating 10 years of implementing the Stockholm Convention, to rid the world of POPs

Guatemala: celebrating 10 years of implementing the Stockholm Convention, to rid the world of POPs
 
Listing of chemicals - Parties notified of a proposal to amend Article 8 & Annex D of Stockholm Convention

Written comments are invited by 31 December 2018, on a proposal by the Russian Federation for COP-9 to amend Article 8 and Annex D of the Stockholm Convention on the listing of chemicals.

Listing of chemicals - Parties notified of a proposal to amend Article 8 & Annex D of Stockholm Convention

Listing of chemicals - Parties notified of a proposal to amend Article 8 & Annex D of Stockholm Convention
 
BRS Regional information sessions series concludes with Latin America and Caribbean meeting in Lima, Peru

Regional information sessions, throughout October, are staged back-to-back with Minamata Convention COP-2 preparatory meetings.

BRS Regional information sessions series concludes with Latin America and Caribbean meeting in Lima, Peru

BRS Regional information sessions series concludes with Latin America and Caribbean meeting in Lima, Peru
 
Georgia transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To rid the world of POPs and beat pollution, Georgia has transmitted its updated national plan reflecting amendments made at COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6.

Georgia transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Georgia transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October

BRS Executive Secretary moderates the “Ministerial Dialogue on Innovative Solutions to Detoxify our Environment” on marine plastic litter and sound management of chemicals & waste.

BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October

BRS participates in the 21st Ministerial Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires, 11 to 12 October
 
Togo transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To rid the world of POPs and beat pollution, Togo has transmitted its updated national plan reflecting amendments made at COP-4 and COP-5.

Togo transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Togo transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away

Read the BRS Newsletter, now online, to keep up with actions for a clean planet and healthy people.

News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away

News on actions to tackle marine plastic litter, chemicals & wastes, just a click away
 
BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova

Regional information sessions, throughout October, are staged back-to-back with Minamata Convention COP-2 preparatory meetings.

BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova

BRS Regional information sessions series continues in Chisinau, Moldova
 
Stockholm Convention’s scientific committee recommends listing PFOA in Annex A

The press release of the 14th meeting of the POPs Review Committee is available online.

Stockholm Convention’s scientific committee recommends listing PFOA in Annex A

Stockholm Convention’s scientific committee recommends listing PFOA in Annex A
 
Lithuania transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
To rid the world of POPs and beat pollution, Lithuania has transmitted its updated national plan reflecting amendments made at COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6.

Lithuania transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Lithuania transmits updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur

A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics states that one worker dies every 30 seconds from toxic exposure in the workplace.

Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur

Workers dying as a result of toxic exposure, says UN Special Rapporteur
 
Chile transmits an updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

To rid the world of POPs and beat pollution, Chile has transmitted its updated national plan reflecting amendments made at COP-7.

Chile transmits an updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Chile transmits an updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
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