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Four joint regional meetings to help Parties prepare for the 2019 Triple COPs
Regional preparatory meetings for the 2019 COPs will be held throughout March 2019, jointly with meetings on the Minamata Convention & SAICM. Invitation letters for the meetings have been sent out.

Four joint regional meetings to help Parties prepare for the 2019 Triple COPs

Four joint regional meetings to help Parties prepare for the 2019 Triple COPs
 
Ireland transmits updated plan to help beat pollution from toxic chemicals
To ride the world of POPs, Ireland has transmitted a new national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention.

Ireland transmits updated plan to help beat pollution from toxic chemicals

Ireland transmits updated plan to help beat pollution from toxic chemicals
 
Listing of PFOA on the agenda for the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9, now online in 6 UN languages
Key items at the next Conference of the Parties, in Geneva from 29 April 2019, include the listing of additional chemicals, compliance, and evaluating effectiveness.

Listing of PFOA on the agenda for the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9, now online in 6 UN languages

Listing of PFOA on the agenda for the Stockholm Convention’s COP-9, now online in 6 UN languages
 
For a clean planet and healthy people, New Zealand transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
New Zealand has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, addressing amendments from Stockholm Convention COP-4, COP-6 and COP-7.

For a clean planet and healthy people, New Zealand transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

For a clean planet and healthy people, New Zealand transmits updated plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Vanuatu transmits first national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
To help beat pollution, Vanuatu has transmitted its National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention.

Vanuatu transmits first national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Vanuatu transmits first national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Entry into force of 2017 amendments to Stockholm Convention’s Annexes A & C
Listing of three chemicals in 2017 by amendments adopted by COP-8 entered into force for most Parties on 18 December 2018.

Entry into force of 2017 amendments to Stockholm Convention’s Annexes A & C

Entry into force of 2017 amendments to Stockholm Convention’s Annexes A & C
 
Read the BRS Press Release on Plastics in the Mountains
In Geneva on International Mountains Day, experts urge greater efforts to beat plastic pollution upstream, since Mountains Matter.

Read the BRS Press Release on Plastics in the Mountains

Read the BRS Press Release on Plastics in the Mountains
 
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
 
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