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What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?
Maria-Cristina Cardenas is the second in our “Countdown to the COPs” series as UNEP’s expert-of-the-day.

What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?

What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?
 
Norway transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
Addressing amendments from COP-6 and COP-7, Norway has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

Norway transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Norway transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
 
Malta ratifies the Stockholm Convention, becoming 181st Party
Malta has ratified the Stockholm Convention, depositing its instruments to become a Party to both the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 17 January 2017, entering into force on 17 April 2017.

Malta ratifies the Stockholm Convention, becoming 181st Party

Malta ratifies the Stockholm Convention, becoming 181st Party
 
Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs
With financial support from Switzerland, parties will consult regionally at preparatory meetings organised in March in Bangkok, Dakar, Riga and Sao Paolo.

Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs

Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs
 
New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat
The BRS Secretariat welcomes Carlos Martin-Novella as Deputy Executive Secretary. Mr Martin-Novella, previously at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), replaces Kerstin Stendahl, who joins IPCC, as of 1 January 2017.

New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat

New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat
 
Poland transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
Addressing amendments from COP-6 and COP-7, Poland has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

Poland transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Poland transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
 
Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs
Pre-session documents for the three COPs, including the proposed programmes of work and budgets for the conventions for 2018-2019, are now available.

Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs

Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs
 
Rwanda the latest country to transmit updated Stockholm Convention NIP
Addressing amendments from COP-4 and COP-5, Rwanda has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

Rwanda the latest country to transmit updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Rwanda the latest country to transmit updated Stockholm Convention NIP
 
Uganda transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
Addressing amendments made at COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, Uganda has transmitted its revised and updated National Implementation Plan.

Uganda transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Uganda transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
 
Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa
Find out more about the work of the Basel and Stockholm Regional centre in Pretoria, South Africa.

Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa

Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa
 
Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year
The Executive Secretary and staff wish all parties, observers, collaborators, partners and donors a peaceful and successful (Triple COPs) 2017.

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year
BRS 2017 seasons greetings
Strengthening enforcement of environmental law in Europe
The Secretariat recently extended its agreement with IMPEL on illegal waste and chemicals trafficking to include cooperation relevant to all three conventions.

Strengthening enforcement of environmental law in Europe

Strengthening enforcement of environmental law in Europe

The Secretariat recently extended its agreement with IMPEL on illegal waste and chemicals trafficking to include cooperation relevant to all three conventions.

Turkey transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP
Addressing amendments made at COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, Turkey has transmitted its revised and updated National Implementation Plan.

Turkey transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Turkey transmits updated Stockholm Convention NIP

Addressing amendments made at COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, Turkey has transmitted its revised and updated National Implementation Plan.

Amendments listing additional chemicals for elimination enter into force on 15 December for most Parties
The 2015 Stockholm Convention amendments listing: hexachlorobutadiene; PCP its salts and esters; and PCNs, enter into force for most Parties on 15 December 2016.

Amendments listing additional chemicals for elimination enter into force on 15 December for most Parties

Amendments listing additional chemicals for elimination enter into force on 15 December for most Parties

The 2015 Stockholm Convention amendments listing: hexachlorobutadiene; PCP its salts and esters; and PCNs, enter into force for most Parties on 15 December 2016.

Outcomes of the joint bureaux meeting
The report of the joint meeting of the COPs bureaux held on 3 and 4 November 2016 is now available.

Outcomes of the joint bureaux meeting

Outcomes of the joint bureaux meeting

The report of the joint meeting of the COPs bureaux held on 3 and 4 November 2016 is now available.

Croatia transmits revised and updated NIP
Addressing amendments made at the Stockholm Convention COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, Croatia has transmitted its revised and updated National Implementation Plan.

Croatia transmits revised and updated NIP

Croatia transmits revised and updated NIP
 
What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?
Read our interview with Gabriela Medina to understand how regional efforts help implement the Basel and Stockholm conventions.

What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?

What does the regional centre in Uruguay do?
 
Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
The high-level segment of the next Triple COPs is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
 
Stockholm Convention effectiveness evaluated: concentrations decreasing for legacy & some newly-listed POPs
The 2nd meeting of the effectiveness evaluation committee finds the Convention an effective framework for regulating POPs, but key implementation challenges remain.

Stockholm Convention effectiveness evaluated: concentrations decreasing for legacy & some newly-listed POPs

Stockholm Convention effectiveness evaluated: concentrations decreasing for legacy & some newly-listed POPs

The effectiveness evaluation committee, established by the Conference of the Parties at its seventh meeting, met for the second time from 4 to 7 October 2016 in Geneva to finalize the first six-year evaluation cycle.

The committee concluded, among others, that the Stockholm Convention provides an effective and dynamic framework to regulate POPs throughout their lifecycle, addressing the production, use, import, export, releases, and disposal of these chemicals worldwide. However, inadequate implementation is the key issue that has been identified in this evaluation. Mechanisms and processes required by the Convention to support Parties in meeting their obligations have all been put in place, with the exception of procedures and mechanisms on compliance. A key challenge in undertaking the evaluation was the limited data available from national reports and national implementation plans, and recommendations have been made to address these and other implementation issues. Monitoring results indicate that regulations targeting POPs are succeeding in reducing levels of POPs in humans and the environment. For legacy POPs, concentrations measured in air and in human populations have declined and continue to decline or remain at low levels due to restrictions on POPs that predated the Stockholm Convention and are now incorporated in it. For the newly listed POPs, concentrations are beginning to show decreases, although in a few instances, increasing and/or stable levels are observed.

The effectiveness evaluation report, including an executive summary in the six UN languages, will be submitted for consideration at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the POPs Review Committee
The advance English version of the POPRC-12 meeting report is now available.

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the POPs Review Committee

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the POPs Review Committee
 
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