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Making use of cutting-edge training tools, the Secretariat is hosting web-based seminars "webinars" on various issues to assist Parties and others in implementing the Convention

 

Upcoming Webinars

OEWG9 and ICC-11 preparatory briefing

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to fully participate in the related discussions. It is also to provide general information on the forthcoming Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee.

Recording  26 August 2014

OEWG9 and ICC-11 preparatory briefing

OEWG9 and ICC-11 preparatory briefing

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
26 August 2014, 10 am
Concluded
28 August 2014, 4 pm
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Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to fully participate in the related discussions. It is also to provide general information on the forthcoming Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Ninth meeting of the OEWG - 15 min.
    • Eleventh meeting of the ICC - 10 min.
  3. Questions and Answers - 30 min

Background

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG9) will be held from 16 to 19 September 2014 at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Open-ended Working Group keeps under continuous review the implementation of the Convention’s work plan, specific operational policies and decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties for the implementation of the Convention. It meets once every two years.

During the September meeting, the Working Group will discuss the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative: both developing further guidance for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous wastes and other wastes, and developing further legal clarity. It is also expected to review progress in the development of technical guidelines on transboundary movements of e-waste and used electrical and electronic equipment and on the development and updating of technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes.

The eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC-11) will be held from 22 to 24 September 2014 at the International Environment House (IEH), in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ICC was established to assist Parties to comply with their obligations under the Convention and to facilitate, promote, monitor and aim to secure the implementation of and compliance with the obligations under the Convention. The Committee has a double mandate: under its specific submission mandate, the Committee shall consider any submission made to it in accordance with the terms of reference with a view to determining the facts and root causes of the matter of concern and, assist in its resolution; under its general review mandate, the Committee shall, as directed by the Conference of the Parties, review general issues of compliance and implementation under the Convention.

During the September meeting, the ICC is expected to consider 13 specific submissions regarding individual Party implementation and compliance. Other issues pertaining to specific submissions include the review of the operation of the implementation fund, the extended Secretariat trigger, and the review of the Committee’s legal framework programme. The Committee is also expected to review general issues of implementation and compliance pertaining to national reporting, development of inventories, national legislation, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance, bond and guarantee, as well as the Manual for the implementation of the Convention. Four guidance documents will be considered for adoption and onward transmission to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Target group

Basel Convention Focal points and Regional Centers, competent authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection or otherwise a phone.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Updating National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention:  priority setting for the Environmentally Sound Management of POPs

The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the methodology for priority assessment and objective setting in the NIP updating process, share and exchange of information on the available guidance to develop and update NIPs, and provide information on training and capacity building activities.

Updating National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention: priority setting for the Environmentally Sound Management of POPs

Updating National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention:  priority setting for the Environmentally Sound Management of POPs

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 2 September, 10 am
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Thursday,  4 September, 4 pm
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Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the methodology for priority assessment and objective setting in the NIP updating process.
  • Share and exchange of information on the available guidance to develop and update NIPs.
  • Provide information on training and capacity building activities.

Contents

  1. Introduction – 5 min
  2. Presentation:
    • NIP updating phase III: priority and objective setting - 30 min
                 Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  3. Questions and answers - 25 min

Background

At its fourth, fifth and sixth meetings, the Conference of the Parties agreed to amend the Stockholm Convention to list 11 new POPs in Annex A, B and C of the Convention. Following the adoption of amendments, the last one on Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) enters into force on 26 November 2014, Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years from the date on which the amendments entered into force for them. When updating their NIPs, Parties are also encouraged to take into account the chemicals that POPRC is evaluating and in particular those for which the COP will need to take a decision.

This webinar will explore the priority assessment and the objective setting phase of the NIP updating process. While during the first and second phase of the NIP updating process countries establish a coordination mechanism and develop their inventories of new POPs, during the third phase countries are guided to develop country specific criteria to make priorities among the health and environmental impacts of new POPs. The proposed methodology is instrumental to formulating the objectives of the national implementation for the environmentally sound management of POPs and new POPs.

Several documents were developed to provide guidance to countries and assist them in the process of developing and implementing a NIP for the initial 12 POPs. The revision and update of the NIPs include among other issues, action plans development, sampling and monitoring, disposal technologies, BAT and BEP related to the whole lifecycle of these substances. The documents are available in all six official languages of the United Nations and are open for comments.

Target group

Official Contact Points of the Stockholm Convention, National Focal Points and national experts involved in the review and update of the NIPs at the national level. 

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South East Asia during the post Disaster Reconstruction

The objective of this webinar is to share the experience gained by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia and the participating countries, after the completion of the project. The session aims at disseminating the tools and methodologies developed in the framework of the project and at sharing lessons learned on the ESM of asbestos wastes.

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South East Asia during the post Disaster Reconstruction

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South East Asia during the post Disaster Reconstruction

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10 am
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Tuesday 23 September 2014, 2 pm
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Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to share the experience gained by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia and the participating countries, after the completion of the project. The session aims at disseminating the tools and methodologies developed in the framework of the project and at sharing lessons learned on the ESM of asbestos wastes.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia - 30 min.
  3. Questions and answers, discussion, sharing of information and experience - 25 min.

Background

Come and learn more about life cycle management of Asbestos and the environmentally sound management (ESM) Asbestos wastes.
Following the devastating tsunami in 2004, which caused a lot of damage in several countries in the South and Southeast Asian regions, in 2006, another earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia, among others, in Pangandaran, West Java Province area, causing a lot of destruction. Following these disasters, countries that were recovering from the tsunamis and earthquakes faced problems regarding post-disaster asbestos waste management. For example, asbestos waste clean-up programmes were lacking, there was a general lack of proper asbestos waste handling, collection and disposal and the use of materials containing asbestos during the reconstruction was also widespread.
To respond to this challenge, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia, based in Indonesia, launched a project on “The Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos Wastes (ESM) in Tsunami-affected Countries in South and Southeast Asia”. The project adopted a life cycle approach to asbestos management, according to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions.

Target group

Representatives of Parties to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions, Basel Convention national focal points and national competent authorities, Rotterdam Convention designated national authorities and focal points, any other stakeholders with an interest in this subject.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection or otherwise a phone.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Draft guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention

The objectives of the webinar are to disseminate the content of the draft guidance document. Also, the webinar aims at highlighting areas where information exchange on chemicals under review of these scientific bodies could enhance synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Draft guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention

Draft guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention

Schedule for the Webinars

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 23 September at 10 am
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Thursday, 25 September at 4 pm
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Objectives

The objectives of the webinar are to disseminate the content of the draft guidance document. Also, the webinar aims at highlighting areas where information exchange on chemicals under review of these scientific bodies could enhance synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction of activities under the Conventions to enhance effective participation in the work of scientific and technical subsidiary bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  2. Introduction of the draft guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention

Contents

The webinar will last one hour and will be structured as follows:

  • Introduction and presentation of participants (5’)
  • Introduction to Secretariat’s activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC (5’)
  • Introduction of the draft guidance document (25’)
  • Questions and answers with the chairs of the intersessional drafting group and members of the CRC and POPRC (25’)

Background

This webinar will provide an introduction to the draft guidance document submitted to the CRC and the POPRC at their tenth meetings. It will provide opportunities to discuss the content and, in particular, its recommendations.

At their second extraordinary meetings in May 2013, the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions had requested the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention and the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention to develop guidance to assist parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the Chemical Review Committee in their work when a chemical under consideration is a persistent organic pollutant listed under the Stockholm Convention.

At the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC, on 20 October 2013, the members of the two committees decided to set up an intersessional working group to review the information already available and develop further guidance on this matter. The group would be open-ended and include members from the two committees, as well as observers. The outcome of the work would be presented at the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee and the tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee in October 2014.

This webinar is part of a series of activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention and aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among the scientific and technical bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Target Groups

The present webinar will target: 

  • Current, past members and participants in the CRC
  • Members of and participants in the Stockholm Convention POPRC
  • Official contact points and national focal points or designated national authorities nominated to represent their countries within the framework of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • Any stakeholders concerned with issues pertaining to the assessment and international regulation of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Webinar on the intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC)

The webinar will cover the introduction on activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and the POPRC, the intersessional work of the CRC and the process and methodology for drafting DGDs.

Webinar on the intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC)

Webinar on the intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC)

Schedule for the Webinars

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 30 September at 10 am
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Thursday, 2 October at 4 pm
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Objectives

The objective of the webinar is to share information on the intersessional work of the CRC between the ninth and tenth meeting. This includes new notifications of final regulatory action for chemicals under review of to be reviewed. The session also aims to present the process followed by CRC members for drafting DGDs for chemicals and severely hazardous pesticide formulations, to be submitted to the Conference of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction on activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and the POPRC
  • Intersessional work of the CRC
  • Process and methodology for drafting DGDs 

Contents

The webinar will last one hour and will be structured as follows:

  • Introduction and presentation of participants (5’)
  • Introduction to Secretariat’s activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC -BRS Secretariat (5’)
  • Intersessional work of the Chemical Review Committee - Jürgen Helbig, Chair of the CRC (15’)
  • Process and methodology for drafting DGDs: the example of Methamidophos - Anja Bartels, Member of the Chemical Review Committee (15’)
  • Questions and answers with the chairs of the intersessional drafting group and members of the CRC (20’)

Background

The work plan of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) between the ninth and the tenth meeting included the drafting of two Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) on Methamidophos and Fenthion 640 ULV and the collection of additional information to re-evaluate chemicals previously reviewed for which information was still lacking. Also, during the intersessional period the Secretariat received new notifications of final regulatory actions regarding short-chain chlorinated paraffins, tributyltin compounds and polychlorinated naphthalenes to be reviewed by the CRC at its tenth meeting. The Committee has undertaken a preliminary review during the intersessional period. Parties and observers are invited to provide the trade information relating to these chemicals prior to the tenth meeting. The tenth meeting of the CRC is scheduled to take place in Rome, Italy, from 21 to 24 October 2014.

The CRC is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention established to review chemicals and severely hazardous pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV, respectively. The CRC makes recommendations to the Conference of the Parties for listing such chemicals in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

This webinar is part of a series of activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention and aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among the scientific and technical bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Target Groups

The present webinar will target:

  • Current, past members and participants in the CRC
  • Members of and participants in the Stockholm Convention POPRC
  • Official contact points and national focal points or designated national authorities nominated to represent their countries within the framework of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • Any stakeholders concerned with issues pertaining to the assessment and international regulation of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org

 

Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)
The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)

Briefing on the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC)

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 7 October at 10 am
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Thursday 9 October at 4 pm
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Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentations by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Tenth meeting of the CRC - 15 min.
    • Tenth meeting of the POPRC - 15 min.
  3. Questions and answers - 25 min. 

Background

The tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-10) of the Rotterdam Convention will be held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 22 to 24 October 2014. The tenth meeting of the CRC includes in its agenda the review of new notifications of final regulatory action received from Parties on short-chained chlorinated paraffins, tributyltin compounds and polychlorinated naphthalenes, for inclusion in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention and the consideration of draft Decision Guidance Documents on methamidophos and fenthion (ultra low volume (ULV) formulations at or above 640 g active ingredient/L), for submission to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in May 2015.
The tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-10) of the Stockholm Convention will be held at the same venue, from 27 to 30 October 2014. During this meeting the Committee will review the draft risk management evaluation on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters, draft risk profile on decabromodiphenyl ether, and the proposal for listing dicofol in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Stockholm Convention and undertake further tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

Target group

Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, designated national authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a headset (preferred) a computer, a phone, a microphone, speakers and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org



 

 

More webinars to come on: Alternatives to Endosulfan and Lindane, Devoloping National Action Plans for the Rotterdam Convention, Reporting information on Severely Hazardous Pesticides Formulations (SHPF), E-wastes, ESM of hazardous wastes, NIP development and updating to include new POPs.

What are webinars?

Webinars are online seminars or workshops. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements - the ability to give, receive and discuss information.

Increased interactivity, while offering more tailored and direct support

Willing to strengthen its direct support to Parties, the Secretariat launched in February 2011 its programme of webinars. Between this date and March 2013, 1144 participants who were government officials, representatives from NGOs, the private sector and regional centres participated in 125 webinar sessions conducted on more than 40 different themes of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Participants in the webinar sessions were balanced in gender: 50% women, 50% men.

Through its programme of webinars, the Secretariat aims at supplementing its programme of face-to-face training activities to allow for a more regular and direct support to Parties in addressing their challenges in the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

More on target audience and format

System requirements

  • A computer with an Internet connection,
  • A headset (preferable) or a working microphone and speaker or a phone as webinars will be offering the choice of connecting via internet with Voice on IP or by phone,
  • The recommended browser with the Windows operating system is: Internet Explorer 8. Other versions of Internet Explorer (6, 7) or other browsers like Firefox (3.x, 4.0b) or Chrome (5, 6, 7) can also be used,
  • A webcam (optional).

Past Webinars

To view past webinars please go to our online library.

Archived Webinars

The Month of Reporting: a series of webinars on  National Reporting for the Stockholm Convention

The webinars aim to provide in-depth guidance to Parties to the Stockholm Convention on how to submit their national reports due on 31 August 2014, related to PFOS its salts and PFOSF, other new POPs, PCBs and unintentionally produced POPs.

The Electronic Reporting System of the Stockholm Convention
Recording   26 June 2014

How to report information on unintentionally produced POPs
Recording   3 July 2014

Reporting information on PFOS, its salts, PFOSF and other newly listed POPs
Recording   8 July 2014

Reporting information on PCBs
Recording   15 July 2014

The Month of Reporting: a series of webinars on National Reporting for the Stockholm Convention

The Month of Reporting: a series of webinars on  National Reporting for the Stockholm Convention

Schedule and registration

 

 Theme

Date and Time
                (Geneva time:                  UTC/GMT+2 hours)    

 Please register a few days in advance.
To register, use the following links:
The Electronic Reporting System of the Stockholm Convention
Tuesday 24 June,  10 am  Concluded
Thursday 26 June,  4 pm  Concluded
How to report information on unintentionally produced POPs
Tuesday 1 July,  10 am  Concluded
 Thursday 3 July,  4 pm Concluded
How to report information on PFOS, its salts, PFOSF and other newly listed POPs
Tuesday 8 July,  10 am  Concluded
Thursday 10 July,  4 pm  Concluded
Reporting information on PCBs  Tuesday 15 July,  10 am Concluded
Thursday 17 July,  4 pm Concluded

Objectives

The objective of these webinars is to assist Parties to the Stockholm Convention in the submission of their national reports due on 31 August 2014, using the improved electronic reporting system. The webinars aim to provide in-depth guidance on how to submit information related to PFOS its salts and PFOSF, other new POPs, PCBs and unintentionally produced POPs.

Content

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions - 20 min. 
  3. Questions and answers - 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 online reporting. The Secretariat will provide support to each Party through a series of webinars that will illustrate how to fill out the national reporting questionnaire, for new POPs and other POPs that require updated information. During the webinars, an expert will provide guidance on specific chemicals 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, the evaluation of progress towards the elimination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and the continued need for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF).

This webinar is part of a larger initiative of the Secretariat to deliver technical assistance to Parties on national reporting for the Stockholm Convention. The webinars complement face-to-face training workshops, videos and electronic tools that the Secretariat developed to facilitate the submission of national reports.

Target group

Stockholm Convention official contact points and national focal points, Stockholm Convention regional centres and interested stakeholders.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a headset is recommended or a micro and speakers, and a good internet connection, connecting by phone is also possible.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
 

Outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

Recording    19 June 2014

Outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 17 June 2014, at 10 am
Concluded
Thursday 19 June 2014, at 4 pm
Concluded

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the second meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Outcomes of the second meeting of the EWG on ESM - 25 min.
  3. Discussion - 30 min

Background

The Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management is meeting for the second time in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 29 to 31 May 2014.
The meeting is being organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia in Indonesia. 

Target group

Basel Convention national focal points, Basel Convention competent authorities, Basel Convention regional centres, permanent missions and interested stakeholders

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection or otherwise a phone.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Technical Guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes: status of work and future plans

This webinar aims to share progress made in the development of the technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes with Parties and interested stakeholders.

Recording   11 June 2014

 

Technical Guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes: status of work and future plans

Technical Guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes: status of work and future plans

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Wednesday, 11 June at 1 pm
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Objectives

This webinar aims to share progress made in the development of the technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes with Parties and interested stakeholders. A presentation will be given by the lead country for this work: Canada. Also, this webinar aims to engage more Parties, the private sector and other stakeholders in the work of the Small Intersessional Working Group entrusted with the development and update of the technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation:
    • Work of the Basel SIWG on POPs since COP11
      by Jacinthe Séguin, Chair of the Working Group - 30 min.
  3. Questions and answers - 25 min.

Background

The Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, at its eleventh meeting, entrusted a Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) under the leadership of Canada with the updating of the general technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants and the preparation or updating of specific technical guidelines with regard to the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C to the Stockholm Convention by decisions SC-4/10–SC-4/18, SC-5/3 and SC-6/11, specifically PFOS waste, PBDE waste, pesticides waste, PCB waste and waste containing unintentional POPs. According to decision BC-11/3, the draft technical guidelines will be considered at the OEWG9, in September 2014, and at the BC-COP12 and SC-COP7, in 2015. This webinar will provide an opportunity to reach out to experts who are currently engaged with POPs work under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions.

Target group

Official Points of Contact and National Focal Points of the Stockholm Convention, Basel Convention Competent Authorities and National Focal Points, Basel and Stockholm Regional Centres, OEWG participants, POPRC members, CRC members and stakeholders with an interest in the POPs waste guidelines

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org

 

Establishing inventories of PFOS and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention

The objectives of this webinar are increasing Parties’ understanding of PFOS and its related substances, as well as their capacity to inventory PFOS and its related substances, as part of the NIP update.

Recording   10 June 2014

Establishing inventories of PFOS and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention

Establishing inventories of PFOS and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 10 June, at 10 am
Concluded
Thursday 12 June at 4 pm
Concluded

Objectives

The objectives of this webinar are increasing Parties’ understanding of PFOS and its related substances, as well as their capacity to inventory PFOS and its related substances, as part of the NIP update.

Content

  1. Introduction – 5 min
  2. Presentations
    • Establishing inventory of PFOS and related chemicals - 20 min
      Presenter: Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  3. Questions and answers

Background

Perfluorooctane sulphonic acid (PFOS), its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) were listed in Annex B in the Stockholm in 2009. The Parties of the Convention are recommended to develop an action plan for PFOS and its related substances as a part of their updated NIP. The aim of the National Action Plans should be reduction and subsequently elimination of the use and production of PFOS and its related substances. To implement the restrictions on production and use of PFOS and its related substances, and to reduce the impact on health and environment, the sources to the releases and exposure of PFOS have to be identified. This is achieved by understanding where these chemicals can be found and preparing a national inventory and set the basis towards action plan to successfully implement the convention.

The national inventory is an important part of the NIP, and gives valuable directions for the development of a National Action Plan. The recommendations from the Persistent Organic Pollutants’ Review Committee (POPRC), which is a subsidiary committee of the Convention, should be also referred to in conducting the inventory of PFOS and its related substances.

Following the adoption of amendments listing eleven additional POPs in Annexes A, B and C of the Convention in 2009, in 2011, and in 2013 Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years of the date on which the amendments entered into force for them. When updating their NIPs, Parties are also encouraged to take into account Hexabromocyclododecane, which was listed in 2013 and for which the amendment will enter into force on 24 November 2014, in the majority of the Parties.

Target group

Stockholm Convention official contact points and national points of contact, Basel Convention competent authorities and national focal points, Rotterdam Convention designated national authorities 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 technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes, POPRC members and observers, CRC members and observers, SAICM focal points, Global PFC group of the OECD.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a headset is recommended or a micro and speakers, and a good internet connection, connecting by phone is also possible.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org

Establishing inventories of POP-PBDEs and other brominated flame retardants (BFRs) listed under the Stockholm Convention

The objectives of this webinar is increasing Parties’ understanding of POP-PBDEs and other flame retardants listed in the annexes of the Stockholm Convention, their capacity to inventory POP-PBDEs and other flame retardants under the Stockholm Convention, as part of the NIP update and their knowledge on existing guidance to update NIPs.

Recording   5 June 2014

Establishing inventories of POP-PBDEs and other brominated flame retardants (BFRs) listed under the Stockholm Convention

Establishing inventories of POP-PBDEs and other brominated flame retardants (BFRs) listed under the Stockholm Convention

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 3 June, at 10 am
Concluded
Thursday 5 June, at 4 pm
Concluded

Objectives

Increasing Parties’ understanding of POP-PBDEs and other flame retardants listed in the annexes of the Stockholm Convention, their capacity to inventory POP-PBDEs and other flame retardants under the Stockholm Convention, as part of the NIP update and their knowledge on existing guidance to update NIPs.

Content

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
    • Establishing inventory of POPs-PBDEs and other flame retardants under the Stockholm Convention - 20 min.
  3. Questions and answers - 30 min,

Background

Due to the complexity and magnitude of usage of the POP-PBDEs and other brominated flame retardants, eliminating them represents a challenge for many Parties to the Stockholm Convention. 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.

Following the adoption of amendments listing ten additional POPs in Annexes A, B and C of the Stockholm Convention in 2009 and 2011, Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years from the date on which the amendments entered into force for them. When updating their NIPs, Parties are also encouraged to take into account HBCD, since for the majority of the Parties the amendment will enter into force on 26 November 2014.

Target group

Stockholm Convention official contact points and national points of contact, Basel Convention competent authorities and national focal points, Rotterdam Convention designated national authorities 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 technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes, POPRC members and observers, CRC members and observers.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a headset is recommended or a micro and speakers, and a good internet connection, connecting by phone is also possible.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
 

Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

This webinar aims at providing in depth information on the trends in patenting e-waste recycling and material recovery technologies worldwide, learning about patenting of e-waste recycling technologies and real-world applicability of patents in the commercial world.

Recording    22 May 2014

Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

Webinar on the Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 20 May 2014, 10 am
Concluded
 Thursday 22 May 2014, 4 pm
Concluded

Objectives

This webinar aims at providing in depth information on the trends in patenting e-waste recycling and material recovery technologies worldwide.

This session will provide opportunities to:

  • Learn about patenting of e-waste recycling technologies;
  • Learn about real-world applicability of patents in the commercial world;

Contents

The webinar will last one hour and will be structured as follows:

  • Introduction - 5 min.
  • Presentation: Introduction of the findings of the WIPO Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies (30 min.) Irene Kitsara, WIPO
  • Questions and Answers – (25 min.)

Background:

The e-Waste Recycling Technologies Patent Landscape Report was prepared in the context of collaboration between WIPO and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The report aims at providing patent based evidence on the available technologies and the patenting trends in the area of electronic waste (e-waste) recycling and material recovery, while it is intended to provide background and supporting information to the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) under the Basel Convention and complement the Guideline on Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Mobile Phones and the Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment

Target group

Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres, OEWG participants, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), producer responsibility organisations, recyclers and their associations, government officials, regional and local authorities dealing with e-waste management and any other interested persons.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a phone, a micro, speakers and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:

Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.asssistance@brsmeas.org

Webinar on How to enhance PCB inventories: Identifying PCBs in closed and open applications

The objectives of this webinar are to provide guidance to Parties on how to enhance their current PCB inventories, raise awareness of existing guidance materials on the environmentally sound management of PCBs.

Recording   Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Webinar on How to enhance PCB inventories: Identifying PCBs in closed and open applications

Webinar on How to enhance PCB inventories: Identifying PCBs in closed and open applications

Schedule for the Webinars

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 13 May at 10 am
Concluded
 Thursday, 15 May at 4 pm Concluded

Objectives

The objectives of this webinar are to provide guidance to Parties on how to enhance their current PCB inventories, raising awareness of existing guidance materials on the environmentally sound management of PCBs.

Contents

  1. Introduction – 5 min.
  2. Presentations:
    • Introduction to the work of the PEN, UNEP Chemicals – 5 min.
    • How to enhance PCB inventories, identifying PCBs in open and closed applications, Professor Jinhui Li, Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre in China – 30 min.
  3. Discussion – 20 min.

Background

According to Annex A part II of the Stockholm Convention, Parties to the Convention are required to eliminate equipment and oils containing PCBs from use by 2025 and bring these under environmentally sound waste management by 2028.

Most Parties to the Stockholm Convention have developed PCBs inventories as part of their National Implementation Plans. Parties to the Basel Convention are required to report PCB inventories to the Secretariat, as part of their national reporting obligations. However, due to financial and time constraints, many countries have only prepared partial or preliminary estimations of the existing equipment and oils contaminated with PCBs. Parties need a comprehensive inventory and also to quantify PCBs prior to making further steps in their environmentally sound management (e.g. elimination, etc.).

The Advisory Committee of the PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) developed guidance and learning materials compiling existing knowledge and experiences on the identification of PCBs in closed and open applications to help countries improve their PCB inventories.

Target group

PEN members, Official Contact Points and National Focal Points to the Stockholm Convention, Basel Convention Competent Authorities and National Focal Points, Basel and Stockholm Regional Centres and Stakeholders with an interest in PCB inventories.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a phone, a micro, speakers and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org

Webinar on Chemicals under Review by the  Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC)

The objectives of the webinar is to raise awareness of the candidate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) currently under review by the POPs Review Committee; in particular to share information on decabromodiphenyl ether, pentachlorophenol and on the draft assessment of alternatives to PFOS, its salts and PFOSF. This webinar also aims to promote participation of Parties and observers in the work of POPRC.

Recording   6 May 2014

Webinar on Chemicals under Review by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC)

Webinar on Chemicals under Review by the  Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC)

Schedule for the Webinars

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday, 6 May at 10 am (Session in English)
Concluded
Tuesday, 13 May at 4 pm (Session in English)  Register

Objectives

The objectives of the webinar is to raise awareness of the candidate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) currently under review by the POPs Review Committee; in particular to share information on decabromodiphenyl ether, pentachlorophenol and on the draft assessment of alternatives to PFOS, its salts and PFOSF. This webinar also aims to promote participation of Parties and observers in the work of POPRC.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to the intersessional work of POPRC
  2. Overview of chemicals under review by POPRC
  3. Introduction to the draft assessment of alternatives to PFOS, its salts and PFOSF

Background

The POPRC, at its ninth meeting in October 2013, established working groups to work intersessionally on the following: the development of the draft risk profile for decabromodiphenyl ether and the draft risk management evaluation for pentachlorophenol its salts and esters and the assessment of alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF). Parties and observers can contribute to the intersessional work of the Committee by providing information for the development of draft documents, by providing comments for their revision and by participating as members of working groups.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention for reviewing proposals for listing of new chemicals under the Convention. In addition to its central function in this review process, the POPRC plays an important advisory role on scientific matters related to the implementation of the Convention. The Committee consists of 31 government-designated experts appointed by the COP. The Committee holds a one-week annual meeting during which it adopts decisions on the review of chemicals and other matters within its mandate. A substantial part of the work of the Committee is undertaken between meetings, by working groups that implement decisions and workplans adopted by the Committee. This webinar will focus on the work being undertaken between the ninth and the tenth meeting, which will take place in October 2014.

Target Groups

The present webinar will target:

  • Current and past members of the POPRC
  • Members of the Rotterdam Convention CRC
  • Official Contact Points and National Focal Points nominated to represent their countries within the framework of the Convention
  • Other Government representatives concerned with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention
  • Stakeholders concerned with issues pertaining to the assessment and international regulation of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a phone, a micro, speakers and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org

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
Recording    6 May 2014, Spanish

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
Concluded
Thursday, 3 April at 4 pm
Concluded
Tuesday, 6 May at 4 pm (Spanish) Concluded

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
Recording   10 April 2014, Spanish
Recording   29 April 2014, French

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
Concluded
Thursday 27 March at 4 pm, English
Concluded

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
Concluded
Tuesday 29 April at 10 am, French   
Concluded
Thursday 8 May at 4 pm, Spanish      
Concluded

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.
Developing National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention

The objectives of this webinar is to provide an overview of parties’ obligations when a new POP is listed, share and exchange information on the available guidance to develop and update NIPs and provide information on training and capacity building activities.

Recording    4 March 2014, Spanish
Recording    13 March 2014, English

FAQ

Developing National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention

Developing National Implementation Plans 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, 4 March at 11 am, (English)
Register
Tuesday, 4 March at 4 pm, (Spanish)
Register
Thursday, 13 March at 4 pm, (English)
Register

Background

At its fourth, fifth and sixth meeting, the Conference of the Parties agreed to amend the Stockholm Convention to list 11 new POPs in Annex A, B and C of the Convention.  Following the adoption of amendments, Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years of the date on which the amendments entered into force for them. When updating their NIPs, Parties are also encouraged to take into the chemicals that POPRC is evaluating and in particular those for which the COP will need to take a decision.

The main difficulty indicated by Parties is how to obtain information on the new POPs especially concerning groups of widely used industrial chemicals such as brominated flame retardants and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its related chemicals, due to the complexity of the use and the many sectors of society involved in the use of these chemicals.

Several documents were developed to provide guidance to countries and assist them in the process of developing and implementing a NIP for the initial 12 POPs.  The revision and update of the NIPs include among other issues, compilation of inventories concerning the new POPs, action plans development, sampling and monitoring, disposal technologies, BAT and BEP related to the whole lifecycle of these substances.

A full set of consolidated guidance has been developed and subject to comments by parties and others. The documents are available in all six official languages of the United Nations.  

Objectives

·       Provide an overview of parties’ obligations when a new POP is listed.
Share and exchange of information on the available guidance to develop and update NIPs.
Provide information on training and capacity building activities.

Contents

  1. Introduction – 5 min
  2. Presentations
    • NIPs: A roadmap to implement the Convention  – 5 min
           Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
    • NIP guidance - 15 min
           Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  3. Questions and answers  - 35 min 

Target group

Official Contact Points, National Focal Points and national experts involved in the review and update of the NIPs at the national level, especially in the undertaking of the new POPs inventories. 

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

The webinar aims at raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan and presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level

Recording   27 February 2014

FAQ

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

Chemical and non Chemical Alternatives to Endosulfan

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 February 2014, at 11 am
Register
Thursday 27 February 2014, at 4 pm
Register

Background

At the respective meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, held in 2011, it was decided that endosulfan be listed in the conventions.

Endosulfan has been listed in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention with specific exemptions for a number of specific uses (e.g. crop-pest complexes). Parties will have the obligation to limit the production and use of this chemical only to the available exemptions, given that they have notified to the register of exemptions. Endosulfan was also listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention. With the entry into force of the amendment in 24 October 2011, Parties should give an informed response regarding future imports of the chemical within nine months.

To support the development and deployment of alternatives to endosulfan the Stockholm Convention Conference of the Parties decided to undertake a work programme as set out in the annex to decision SC-5/4. Accordingly, Parties were requested and observers were invited to submit information on chemical and non-chemical alternatives to endosulfan. Based on this information, the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC) developed two reports on chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan. The Conference of the Parties considered the reports and decided to encourage Parties to consider the outcome of the assessment when choosing alternatives to endosulfan.  

Objectives

The webinar aims at: 

  • Raising awareness of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Sharing information available on possible chemical and non chemical alternatives to endosulfan 
  • Presenting Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with a proposed methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan at national level

Contents

  1. Introduction (5 min)
  2. Overview of the obligations pertaining to endosulfan in the Stockholm,  Rotterdam and Basel conventions including the process undertaken for the assessment of alternatives to endosulfan –BRS Secretariat - (10 min.)
  3. Outcome of the assessment of chemical and nonchemical alternatives to endosulfan undertaken by the POPRC and other related information – Expert - (20 min.)
  4. Methodology to assess the continued need of endosulfan- Expert -.(10 min.)
  5. Questions and discussions - (15 min.)

Target audience

  • Focal points, DNAs and CA nominated under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
  • Other government representatives; such as ministries of agriculture, pesticide registration authorities, national pesticides experts and stakeholders interested in the environmentally sound management of endosulfan, integrated pest management and sustainable production
  • Members of the POPRC, Chemicals Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention (CRC), and experts from the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention
National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

Recording   11 February 2014

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel Convention

National Law for the Implementation of the Basel 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:
Thursday 6 February 2014, 4 pm
Concluded
 Tuesday 11 February 2014, 10 am
Concluded

Background:

Come and learn more about the provisions of the Basel Convention and how these provisions can be included into national legal frameworks. The model legislation that was developed and adopted to help the Parties to implement the Convention will be discussed.

Legal frameworks, including legislation, are a prerequisite for the implementation of the Basel Convention at the national level. The requirement to develop and implement national legal and administrative measures, including legislation, is embedded in the provisions of the Basel Convention as well as in the other Chemicals and Waste conventions i.e. the Rotterdam and the Stockholm conventions.

The “omnibus decisions” on Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopted by the three Conferences of the Parties respectively and the subsequent synergy decisions aim at promoting a coherent policy guidance and cooperation on cross cutting issues such as legal matters.

This webinar is part of a larger training programme including workshops and online training sessions for countries that need to prepare, draft, enact, implement and update their national legal frameworks. The programme will focus on legislative or administrative measures as well as judicial instruments or cases, which give effect to the obligations and procedures of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including the model legislation and other legal instruments or tools as adopted by Parties to implement the Basel Convention, and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching national legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, looking at the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

Contents

  • Introduction - 5 min.
  • Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on the legal tools to implement the Basel Convention – 30 min:
-   Check list for the legislator: introduction of the most relevant provisions of the Basel
     Convention
-   Model national legislation
-   Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention
-   Illegal Traffic: training manuals (prosecutors; customs & enforcement agencies), leaflets
-   Other legal tools and relevant sources: collection of national legislations received from
     Parties and posted on the website.
  • Questions and answers, discussion, sharing of information and experience - 25 min.

Target group

Representatives of Parties to the Basel Convention, national focal points, national competent authorities, legal experts, technical officers in charge of developing legislation or regulation, professionals from the judiciary sector (e.g. judges, attorneys, etc.), enforcement officers, and other stakeholders with an interest in international law.

Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

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

Recording   23 January 2014, English
Recording   30 January 2014, Spanish
Recording   4 February 2014, Russian
Recording   18 February 2014, French

FAQ

Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention

Electronic Reporting System of the Basel 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:
Thursday,  23 January 2014, at 4 pm (English)
Register
Tuesday,  28 January 2014, at 10 am (French)
Register
Thursday,  30 January 2014, at 4 pm (Spanish)
Register
Tuesday,  4 February 2014, at 10 am (Russian)
Register
Tuesday, 18 February 2014, at 10 am (French)
Register

Background:

Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Basel Convention online. The Secretariat is launched, at the end of October 2013, a new electronic reporting system. You will find the same questions to be answered in the national reporting questionnaire, but this flexible tool will facilitate the submission of information to the secretariat, providing an easy to use interface that will make reporting more efficient for you. The Secretariat will provide tailor-made support to each Party through a series of webinars. During the webinars, an expert will demonstrate how the tool functions and will answer the questions of the participants.

Each Party to the Basel Convention is required to send an annual report on the previous calendar year to the Secretariat, as per Article 13 (3), by 31 December of the calendar year. The information to be submitted is at the heart of the mechanisms put in place by the Basel Convention to control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. It includes, among other items, national definitions of hazardous wastes, import and export restrictions, details on facilities for managing hazardous wastes present in the country, information on import and export movements of hazardous wastes, information on accidents that may have occurred, etc.

The new electronic reporting system launched by the Secretariat will operate similarly to the electronic reporting system previously developed under the Stockholm Convention to build synergies among the conventions in the way the reports are sent.

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new 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 Basel Convention – 20 min.
  3. Discussion – 35 min

Target group

Basel Convention national focal points, Basel Convention regional centres, and interested stakeholders.

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

Recording   13 February 2014

FAQ

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

Facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment: Processes and Procedures of becoming a Party to Basel / Rotterdam / Stockholm Conventions

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:
21 January 2014, at 10 am (English)
Concluded
13 February 2014, at 4 pm (English)
Concluded

Background

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted decision BC-11/1 on the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention. Section I of this decision addresses the entry into force of the Ban Amendment.

Objectives

The webinar aims to provide information on how to become a Party to multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. This will also cover processes for amendments and protocols to such agreements.

Contents

  1. Introduction (5 min)
  2. Presentation
    • How to become a Party to a multilateral environmental agreement, including processes for amendments and protocols – BRS Secretariat (25 min)
  3. Questions and Answers (20 min).

    Target group

    • Parties to the Basel Convention, including those Parties that have not yet ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment;
    • Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions;
    • States that may wish to become Parties to these Conventions;
    • Other interested stakeholders, including civil society organizations, academia and industry.
    National Law for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention

    The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including case studies related to legislation and other legal instruments as adopted by Parties to implement the Rotterdam Convention and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, analysing the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

    Recording    16 January 2014

    National Law for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention

    National Law for the Implementation of the Rotterdam 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, 14 January 2014, at 10 am 
    Register
    Thursday, 16 January 2014, at 4 pm 
    Register

    Background:

    Come and learn more about the provisions of the Rotterdam Convention and how these provisions can be included into national legal frameworks. Case studies by Parties that have developed and adopted relevant national legal frameworks will be shared and analyzed.

    Legal frameworks, including legislation, are a prerequisite for the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention at the national level. The requirement to develop and implement national legal and administrative measures, including legislation, is embedded in the provisions of the Rotterdam Convention as well as in the other Chemicals and Waste conventions such as the Basel and the Stockholm conventions.

    The “omnibus decisions” on Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopted by the three Conferences of the Parties respectively and the subsequent synergy decisions aim at promoting a coherent policy guidance and cooperation on cross cutting issues such as legal matters.

    This webinar is part of a larger training programme including workshops and online training sessions for countries that need to prepare, draft, enact, implement and update their national legal frameworks. The programme will focus on legislative or administrative measures as well as judicial instruments or cases, which give effect to the obligations and procedures of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

    Objectives

    The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including case studies related to legislation and other legal instruments as adopted by Parties to implement the Rotterdam Convention and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, analysing the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on the legal tools to implement the Rotterdam Convention-30 min:
      • Check list for the legislator: introduction of the most relevant provisions of the Rotterdam Convention and
      • Case studies on its implementation at the national level
    3. Questions and answers, discussion, sharing of information and experience – 25 min.

    Target group

    Representatives of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, national focal points, national points of contact, legal experts, technical officers in charge of developing legislation or regulation, professionals from the judiciary sector (e.g. judges, attorneys, etc.), enforcement officers, and other stakeholders with an interest in international law.

    Outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

    The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

    Recording   30 January 2014

    FAQ

    Outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

    Outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

    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, 7 January 2014, at 10 am
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    Thursday, 9 January 2014, at 4 pm
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    Thursday, 30 January 2014, at 10 am
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    Background:

    The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, by its decision BC-11/1 on follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, adopted the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. In addition, the COP decided to mandate an Expert Working Group to further elaborate and implement actions on environmentally sound management.

    The COP also requested the Expert Working Group to report on its activities and to submit its work programme to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its ninth meeting and subsequently to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting.

    The Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management is meeting for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 12 December 2013.

    The meeting is being organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South America in Argentina.

    Objectives

    The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
      • Outcomes of the first meeting of the EWG on ESM– 25 min.
    3. Discussion – 30 min

    Target group

    Basel Convention national focal points, Basel Convention competent authorities, Basel Convention regional centres, permanent missions and interested stakeholders

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    Come and learn how Taiwan, province of China,  established its E-waste management system and on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulk plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present examples of E-waste management systems complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

    No recording available.

    FAQ

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)
    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
    To register, please use the following link:
    Thursday, 19 December at 4 pm
    Register

    Background

    More than 60 types of metals and other materials are contained in waste computing equipment and more generally in E-waste. These are primary constituents such as steel, minor constituents such as silver, and micro or trace constituents such as gold. End-of-life computing equipment should be re-used, if possible. Otherwise it should be sent for material recovery and recycling at facilities that can recycle electronics in an environmentally sound manner. Only as a last resort it should be sent for final disposal.

    The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) developed the “Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment” that was adopted by the Basel Convention COP-11 in 2013.

    The purpose of this guideline is to describe the chain of steps that should be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics, and to encourage operators at each step to know about, work with, and take their responsibility for human health, safety and the environment, so that the entire value chain works in both an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

    Objective

    Come and learn how Taiwan, province of China,  established its E-waste management system and on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulk plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present examples of E-waste management systems complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – (5 min).
    2. Presentations:
      • PACE-Introduction - BRS Secretariat - (10 min.)
      • E-waste Management in Taiwan, province of China, – (20 min.)
    3. Questions and Answers – (25 min.)

    Target group

    Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, OEWG9 participants, Stockholm Convention focal points and points of contact, members of the POPRC, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), recyclers and their associations, government officials and regional/local authorities dealing with e-waste management and any other interested persons.

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from E-Waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

    Recording     17 December 2013

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)
    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
    To register, please use the following link:
    17 December 2013, at 1 pm
    Concluded
    19 November 2013, at 4 pm
    Concluded

    Background 

    More than 60 types of metals and other materials are contained in waste computing equipment and more generally in E-waste. These are primary constituents such as steel, minor constituents such as silver, and micro or trace constituents such as gold. End-of-life computing equipment should be re-used, if possible. Otherwise it should be sent for material recovery and recycling at facilities that can recycle electronics in an environmentally sound manner. Only as a last resort it should be sent for final disposal.

    The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) developed the “Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment” that was adopted by the Basel Convention COP-11 in 2013.

    The purpose of this guideline is to describe the chain of steps that should be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics, and to encourage operators at each step to know about, work with, and take their responsibility for human health, safety and the environment, so that the entire value chain works in both an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.  

    Objective 

    Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”. 

    Contents

    1. Introduction – (5 min).
    2. Presentations:  
      • PACE-Introduction - BRS Secretariat - (10 min.)
      • An Overview of SIMS Material Recycling & Recovery Processes - Patty Whiting - SIMS, USA (20 min.)
      •  E-waste Management in USA - Karen Pollard - USEPA (20 min.)
    3. Questions and Answers – (30 min.)

    Target group 

    Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, OEWG9 participants, Stockholm Convention focal points and points of contact, members of the POPRC, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), recyclers and their associations, government officials and regional/local authorities dealing with e-waste management and any other interested persons.

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    National Law for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

    The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including case studies related to legislation and other legal instruments as adopted by Parties to implement the Stockholm Convention and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, analysing the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

    Recording     12 December 2013

    FAQ

    National Law for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

    National Law for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)
    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
    To register, please use the following link:

    10 December at 10 am

    Register

    12 December at 4 pm

    Register

    Background 

    Come and learn more about the provisions of the Stockholm Convention and how these provisions can be included into national legal frameworks. Case studies by Parties that have developed and adopted relevant national legal frameworks will be shared and analyzed.

    Legal frameworks, including legislation, are a prerequisite for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention at the national level. The requirement to develop and implement national legal and administrative measures, including legislation, is embedded in the provisions of the Stockholm Convention as well as in the other Chemicals and Waste conventions such as the Basel and the Rotterdam conventions.

    The “omnibus decisions” on Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopted by the three Conferences of the Parties respectively and the subsequent synergy decisions aim at promoting a coherent policy guidance and cooperation on cross cutting issues such as legal matters.

    This webinar is part of a larger training programme including workshops and online training sessions for countries that need to prepare, draft, enact, implement and update their national legal frameworks. The programme will focus on legislative or administrative measures as well as judicial instruments or cases, which give effect to the obligations and procedures of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

    Objective

    The objective of this webinar is to present tools, including case studies related to legislation and other legal instruments as adopted by Parties to implement the Stockholm Convention and to see how these could be linked or integrated with the provisions of overarching legal frameworks that regulate hazardous chemicals and wastes, analysing the benefits of an integrated approach to hazardous chemicals and wastes legislation.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – (5 min).
    2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on the legal tools to implement the Stockholm Convention:
      • Check list for the legislator: introduction of the most relevant provisions of the Stockholm Convention and
      • case studies on its implementation at the national level – 30 min
    1. Questions and Answers – (25 min.)

    Target group

    Representatives of Parties to the Stockholm Convention, national focal points, national points of contact, legal experts, technical officers in charge of developing legislation, professionals from the judiciary sector (e.g. judges, attorneys, etc.), enforcement officers, and other stakeholders with an interest in international law.

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    This webinar will present a private sector experience in Asia on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and other E-wastes, as an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

    Recording     5 December 2013

    FAQ

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in Asia

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time

    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)

    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.

    To register, please use the following link:

    Thursday 5 December at 4 pm

    Register

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Background

    More than 60 types of metals and other materials are contained in waste computing equipment and more generally in E-waste. These are primary constituents such as steel, minor constituents such as silver, and micro or trace constituents such as gold. End-of-life computing equipment should be re-used, if possible. Otherwise it should be sent for material recovery and recycling at facilities that can recycle electronics in an environmentally sound manner. Only as a last resort it should be sent for final disposal.

    The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) developed the “Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment” that was adopted by the Basel Convention COP-11 in 2013.

    The purpose of this guideline is to describe the chain of steps that should be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics, and to encourage operators at each step to know about, work with, and take their responsibility for human health, safety and the environment, so that the entire value chain works in both an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

    Objective

    Present a private sector experience in Asia on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”. 

    Contents

    1. Introduction – (5 min).
    2. Presentations:
      • PACE-Introduction - BRS Secretariat - (10 min.)
      • An Overview of TES-AMM’s Material Recycling & Recovery Processes - TESS-AMM, Singapore – (20 min.)
    1. Questions and Answers – (30 min.)

    Target group

    Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, OEWG9 participants, Stockholm Convention focal points and points of contact, members of the POPRC, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), recyclers and their associations, government officials and regional/local authorities dealing with e-waste management and any other interested persons.
    Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

    The objective of this webinar is to inform parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and stakeholders on the outcome of these meetings.

    Recording   21 November 2013

    Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

    Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)
    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
    To register, please use the following link:
            19 November 2013 at 10 am                                             Concluded
             21 November 2013 at 4 pm                                            Concluded

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Background:

    The ninth meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC9) was held at FAO in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the POPRC reviewed chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertook tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

    The ninth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC9) took place at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC included in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and proposals for new severely hazardous pesticide formulations in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

    The first joint meeting of the POPRC and the CRC took place at the same venue, on 20 October 2013. The joint session took place after the POPRC9, prior to the CRC9. During this session the two Committee members and observers discussed how to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two working bodies.

    Objectives

    The objective of this webinar is to inform parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and stakeholders on the outcome of these meetings.

    Content

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
      • Ninth meetings of the POPRC – 15 min.
      • Ninth meeting of the CRC – 15 min.
      • First joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC – 5 min.
    3. Discussion – 20 min

    Target group

    Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and Basel Convention SIWG on POPs guidelines members. 

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from E-Waste.

    Recording   19 November 2013

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Webinar on E-waste Material Recovery and Recycling: An example of Concrete Solutions in the United States of America (USA)

    Schedule and registration

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)

    Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
    To register, please use the following link:

    19 November at 4 pm

    Register

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Background

    More than 60 types of metals and other materials are contained in waste computing equipment and more generally in E-waste. These are primary constituents such as steel, minor constituents such as silver, and micro or trace constituents such as gold. End-of-life computing equipment should be re-used, if possible. Otherwise it should be sent for material recovery and recycling at facilities that can recycle electronics in an environmentally sound manner. Only as a last resort it should be sent for final disposal.

    The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) developed the “Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment” that was adopted by the Basel Convention COP-11 in 2013.

    The purpose of this guideline is to describe the chain of steps that should be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics, and to encourage operators at each step to know about, work with, and take their responsibility for human health, safety and the environment, so that the entire value chain works in both an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

    Objective

    Come and learn from two different USA perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky like plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and more generally E-waste. This webinar will present an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – (5 min).
    2. Presentations:
      • PACE-Introduction - BRS Secretariat - (10 min.)
      • An Overview of SIMS Material Recycling & Recovery Processes - Patty Whiting - SIMS, USA (20 min.)
      •  E-waste Management in USA - Karen Pollard - USEPA (20 min.)
    1. Questions and Answers – (30 min.)

    Target group

    Basel Convention Focal Points, Basel Competent Authorities, Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, OEWG9 participants, Stockholm Convention focal points and points of contact, members of the POPRC, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), recyclers and their associations, government officials and regional/local authorities dealing with e-waste management and any other interested persons.

    Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

    The objective of this side event is to share the latest knowledge on the sound management of articles containing POPs and on phasing-out the use and production of POPs subject to specific exemptions or acceptable purposes, sharing information on alternatives and substitutes readily available.

    Recording    October 18 2013

    Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

    Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

    Presentations

    Presenter Title Download
    Secretariat Side Event Programme Download Side Event Programme in PDF format
    Melissa Lim, Secretariat POPs in articles and POPs-free work Download POPs in articles and POPs-free work in PDF format
    Dr. CHEN Yuan, BCRCSRC Asia Pacific New POPs in Articles - Case study of PBDEs and PFOS Download New POPs in Articles - Case study of PBDEs and PFOS in PDF format
    Joe DiGangi, IPEN A survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding Download A survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding in PDF format
    Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting Frame of the Publication “POPs in Articles and Phasing-Out Opportunities” Download Frame of the Publication “POPs in Articles and Phasing-Out Opportunities” in PDF format

    Background

    The addition of eleven new Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the Stockholm Convention in 2009, 2011 and 2013 brought a number of new challenges to Parties in their efforts to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional production and use of these POPs. Among these issues are the identification and sound management of industrial POPs that have been integrated into articles and products throughout their life-cycle.

    In addition, several Parties have expressed that one of the challenges faced is the lack of information on the use and presence of new POPs in supply chains, production, recycling processes, as well as in waste streams.

    Objectives

    The objective of this side event is to share the latest knowledge on the sound management of articles containing POPs and on phasing-out the use and production of POPs subject to specific exemptions or acceptable purposes, sharing information on alternatives and substitutes readily available. The side event will provide opportunities to:

    Share the outcome of research activities being undertaken and promote the continuous exchange of information.

    Disseminate experiences and practical successful cases related to POPs in articles, alternatives, substitutes and POPs-free situations.

    Invite POPRC participants to actively contribute to the activities.

    Target Groups

    The present webinar will target:

    • Official Contact Points and National Focal Points of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
    • Members of the POPRC and CRC
    • All stakeholders interested in issues related to enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on scientific and technical issues

    Contents

    The side event will include Presentations on each of the following topics followed by a general discussion:

    • POPs in articles: an overview
      Presenter: BRS Secretariat (10’)
    • Sound management of POPs in articles: PFOS/PFC case
      Presenter: SCRCAP – China (10’)
    • Civil Society work
      Presenter: IPEN (10’)
    • Publication and related work
      Presenter: Mr. Roland Weber (10’)
    • Discussion (40’)

    Schedule for the Webinar

    The time indicated is based on Geneva local time (UTC/GMT +2 hour).

    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:
    October 18 2013, at 13:30 pm
    Register

    Equipment requirements

    The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection.

    Additional information

    For more information, please contact:
    Technical Assistance Programme
    Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
    Email: TA@pops.int  

    Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

    The objective of the side event is to share the updated information on availability, feasibility and properties of the alternative chemical flame retardants to replace HBCD on the market.

    Recording   14 October 2013
    Audio Recording  

    Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

    Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

    Schedule and registration

    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:
    14 October 2013, at  12:30 Register

    When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

    Presentations

    The presentations at the side event on HBCD alternatives were given by producers and users of HBCD alternatives.

    Presenter Title Download
    Secretariat Side Event Programme Download Side Event Programme in PDF format
    Peter Dawson, POPRC Chair HBCD WG Alternatives to HBCD - state of play Download Alternatives to HBCD - state of play in PDF format
    Marshall Moore, Great Lakes Emerald Innovation 3000 - Polymeric flame retardant for polystyrene foams Download Emerald Innovation 3000 - Polymeric flame retardant for polystyrene foams in PDF format
    ICL-IP ICL IP - Commercial availiability of sustainable polymeric flame retardant Download ICL IP - Commercial availiability of sustainable polymeric flame retardant in PDF format
    Sabrina Zambotti, Green Chemicals GC SAM - Alternative to HBCD for XPS Download GC SAM - Alternative to HBCD for XPS in PDF format
    Stephen Long, INEOS HCBD - A European Perspective Download HCBD - A European Perspective in PDF format
    Marco ten Bruggencate, Dow Building Solution Working with a new Flame Retardant Download Working with a new Flame Retardant in PDF format
    Marcin Cebulski, Synthos Transitionning from HCBD to alternative FR for PS building and construction products Download Transitionning from HCBD to alternative FR for PS building and construction products in PDF format
    Alessia Spaliviero, Isochemicals Polymeric flame retardant masterbatch for extruded polystyrene foam Download Polymeric flame retardant masterbatch for extruded polystyrene foam in PDF format
    Kaneka Corporation Japan From HBCD to the alternative flame retardant - KANEKA Japan’s example Download From HBCD to the alternative flame retardant - KANEKA Japan’s example in PDF format
    Kurt Münder, Knauf insulation HBCD Replacement by Brominated Butadiene-Styrene Polymer (BrBDS) Download HBCD Replacement by Brominated Butadiene-Styrene Polymer (BrBDS) in PDF format
    Flint Hills Resources Flint Hills Resources will manufacture expandable polystyrene with new flame retardant technology Download Flint Hills Resources will manufacture expandable polystyrene with new flame retardant technology in PDF format
    Canada Proposed HBCD Risk Management Measure in Canada Download Proposed HBCD Risk Management Measure in Canada in PDF format
    Sylvain Bintein, EU Authorization Process in the EU Download Authorization Process in the EU in PDF format

    Background

    The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee will be held from 14 to 18 October 2013 in Rome. On Monday 14, October 2013, a lunch time side event entitled “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”, organized by the previous working group on HBCD, will take place. The side event will be broadcasted through this webinar.

    In May, 2013, the Conference of the Parties, by its decision SC-6/13, decided to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention with specific exemptions for production and use in expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) in buildings.

    Objective

    The objective of the side event is to share the updated information on availability, feasibility and properties of the alternative chemical flame retardants to replace HBCD on the market.

    Contents

    1.       1.  Introductions

    2.       2.  HBCD substitution – polymeric alternatives

      1. Supplier/licensee comments (EHS profile, global notifications, licensing/intellectual property obligations, supply picture
      2. User comments (Europe, North America and Asia) (factors in identifying, assessing and commercializing a non-HBCD PS insulation product

    3.       3.  HBCD substitution- non-polymeric alternatives

      1. Supplier comments (EHS profile, global notifications, licensing/intellectual property, supply picture)
      2. User comments (factors in identifying, assessing and commercializing a non-HBCD PS insulation product)

    4.       4.  Implementing a HBCD phase out

      1. Voluntary phase out by Japanese PS foam producers
      2. Proposed Risk Management Measure in Canada
      3. Authorization Process in the EU
      4. US EPA alternatives assessment

    Target group

    Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.

     

    Target audience

    POPs Webinars target in priority government officials (e.g. official contact points under the convention) and other institutions (e.g. regional centres) involved in the implementation of the Convention. They also offer an opportunity to reach out to a wider network of stakeholders engaged in Convention matters and to the general public.

    Formats

    POPs webinars can follow different formats:

    • Be implemented at the global, regional and national levels.
    • Be used for different purposes: e.g. general awareness-raising, specific training and online meetings with limited participation.

    Individual participants, national teams, and institutions can participate after having previously registered for a particular webinar and a specific time slot.