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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

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

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
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Thursday 27 March at 4 pm, English
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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
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Tuesday 29 April at 10 am, French   
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Thursday 8 May at 4 pm, Spanish      
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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.
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

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

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.

 

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

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)
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Tuesday, 4 March at 4 pm, (Spanish)
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Thursday, 13 March at 4 pm, (English)
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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
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Thursday 27 February 2014, at 4 pm
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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
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 Tuesday 11 February 2014, 10 am
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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)
Register
13 February 2014, at 4 pm (English)
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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
    Register
    Thursday, 9 January 2014, at 4 pm
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    Thursday, 30 January 2014, at 10 am
    Register

    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

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    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                                             Register
             21 November 2013 at 4 pm                                             Register

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    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

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    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.
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    14 October 2013, at  12:30 Register

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    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.

     

    Briefing on 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 other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

    Recording   19 September 2013

    Briefing on 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 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

    Background

    The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-9) of the Stockholm Convention will be held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the Committee will review the chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertake further tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

    The ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-9) of the Rotterdam Convention will be held at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC includes in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and a proposal for listing new severely hazardous pesticide formulation in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

    The first joint meeting of the POPRC and CRC will take place at the same venue, on Sunday, 20 October 2013. The joint session will take place after POPRC-9 and prior to CRC-9. During this session the members of the two Committees and observers will share scientific information and discuss ways to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two subsidiary working bodies.

    Objectives

    The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam 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. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
      • Ninth meeting of the POPRC:15 min.
      • Ninth meeting of the CRC:15 min.
      • First joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC: 5 min.
    3. Questions and answers – 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 members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.

    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:
    17 September 2013, at  10 am Register
    19 September 2013, at 4 pm Register

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    Briefing on the POPRC 9 and CRC 9 meetings and on their first joint meeting
    This webinar is to inform Parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions, observers and other stakeholders to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

    Briefing on the POPRC 9 and CRC 9 meetings and on their first joint meeting

    Briefing on the POPRC 9 and CRC 9 meetings and on their first joint meeting
     
    Feasibility study on alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling

    The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and interested stakeholders of the outcome of a feasibility study commissioned by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions which identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling. 

    Recording   10 October 2013

    FAQ

    Feasibility study on alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling

    Feasibility study on alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling

    Background

    A feasibility study, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and funded by the European Commission, identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling.  The study builds on the findings of a case study, also commissioned by the Secretariat in 2012, which identified the operational, procedural and infrastructural requirements for existing facilities to work towards compliance with the Basel Convention and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. 

    The following activities formed part of the feasibility study:

    1. a review of current ship recycling methods and identification of cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to beaching. This work included consultations with those ship recycling facilities employing environmentally sound alternatives and with ship owners who utilise such facilities;
    2. a field mission to facilities employing alternative methods of ship recycling to establish the parameters (operational, procedural, infrastructural) of such methods; and
    3. development of a feasibility report providing: models of alternative environmentally sound ship recycling operations; identification of potential partners and sites for the establishment of such facilities; and a costing estimate for the establishment and operation of such facilities.

    Objectives

    The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and interested stakeholders of the outcome of a feasibility study commissioned by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions which identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
      • Introduction to the Feasibility Study – 5 min.
    3. Presentation by the expert
      • Methodology employed and findings of the Feasibility Study – 25 min,
    4. Discussion – 25 min.

    Target group

    Parties to the Basel Convention, Basel focal points and competent authorities, Basel regional centres, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders with an interest in ship recycling, including industry.

    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:
    8 October 2013, at 10 am (English)
    Concluded
     10 October 2013, at 4 pm (English)
    Concluded

    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  

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

    This webinar will present an example of the process for material recovery and recycling in compliance with the Partnership for Action on Computer Equipment (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

    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 Asian perspectives, one from the private sector and the other one from a research institute 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.)
      • E-waste Management in Taiwan province of China - Dr.-Ing. Wen-Ling Chiu, Institute of Environment and Resources (IER) - (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

    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:
    10 September 2013, at 10 am
    Register

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

    ith the PACE “Guideline”.
    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    Recording is available for the 16 July webinar providing an overview of the mandates and review processes conducted by CRC and POPRC.

    Recording   16 July 2013

    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    Schedule

    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:
    July 16, 2013, 4 pm English
    Concluded

    Objectives

    The objectives of the webinar are to enhance the understanding of the differences and the similarities between the mandates and the review processes conducted by the CRC and the POPRC, from the outset of the review processes to the submission of decisions on new candidate chemicals to be listed under the respective conventions. 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:

    • 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
    • Comparative overview of the CRC and POPRC mandates and review processes

    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 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’)
    • Comparative overview of the CRC and POPRC mandates and review processes (25’)
    • Questions and answers with the CRC and POPRC chairs (25’)

    Background

    This webinar will provide a comparative overview of the mandates and the review processes conducted by the Rotterdam Convention Chemicals Review Committee (CRC) and the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) in identifying new candidate chemicals to be listed under the respective conventions. This session will focus on differences and similarities in the modus operandi of the two scientific bodies, from the election of members, the information required as an input to the review processes, the steps and the timing of the review processes and their relation with the respective Conferences of the Parties.

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

    The POPRC is a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C. Article 8 of the Stockholm Convention regulates the review process of new chemicals and Annexes D, E and F specify the information required for the review.

    This webinar is part of a series of activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC, in order to enhance synergies among the scientific and technical bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

    In 2011, the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions adopted substantively identical decisions to enhance cooperation and coordination between the conventions (BC-10/29, RC-5/12 and SC-5/27), including cooperation on scientific and technical issues. For the first time, in October 2013, the CRC and POPRC will hold their meetings back-to-back. The meetings will include a one-day joint session, where the members will focus on ways to enhance synergies between the two subsidiary bodies.

    Extended Producer Responsibility Policies for E-Waste Management

    This webinar aims at providing in depth information on EPR policies by sharing the experience of two countries that are implementing these policies and by presenting the pillars of these policies.

    Recording   20 June 2013, English
    Recording   27 June 2013, Spanish
    Recording   20 August 2013, French

    PACE Presentation,   (Spanish)
    OVAM Presentation
    ,   (Spanish)

    FAQ

    Extended Producer Responsibility Policies for E-Waste Management

    Extended Producer Responsibility Policies for E-Waste Management

    Background

    This webinar will introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies for the collection and management of E-waste currently in place in Belgium and Colombia. An EPR scheme for the collection and management of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) was implemented in Belgium since year 2001, year of the foundation of Recupel. Recupel is a collective scheme that up to date succeeds in stimulating collection and environmentally sound management of e-waste, exceeding EU targets for the collection and recycling of WEEE. More recently, in Colombia, an EPR scheme for the take-back and management of E-waste was also implemented. A Colombian expert will share experience on setting up this type of policies from scratch.

    OECD defines EPR as an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. An EPR policy is characterized by: (1) the shifting of responsibility (physically and/or economically; fully or partially) upstream toward the producer and away from municipalities; and (2) the provision of incentives to producers to take into account environmental considerations when designing their products. While other policy instruments tend to target a single point in the production chain, EPR seeks to integrate signals related to the environmental characteristics of products and production processes throughout the product chain.

    Under the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE), Project Groups were established to develop tools, such as guidelines, for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of computing equipment. EPR policies are included in the PACE guidelines and considered among the most effective tools for the ESM of E-wastes.

    PACE is a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership under the umbrella of the Basel Convention that provides a forum for representatives of personal computer manufacturers, recyclers, international organizations, associations, academia, environmental groups and governments to tackle environmentally sound refurbishment, repair, material recovery, recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment. The Partnership is intended to increase the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment, taking into account, amongst other things, social responsibility, the concept of sustainable development, and information-sharing on life cycle approaches.

    Objectives

    This webinar aims at providing in depth information on EPR policies by sharing the experience of two countries that are implementing these policies and by presenting the pillars of these policies.

    This session will provide opportunities to:

    • learn about the implementation of EPR schemes, with its successes and challenges in different regions of the world such as Europe and Latin America;
    • learn how EPR policies contribute to the ESM of computing equipment, or more broadly e-waste;
    • Engage an interactive exchange with leading experts in EPR policies: participants can pose questions, make remarks and share their knowledge on EPR policies and e-waste management.

    Contents

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

    1. Introduction– (5 min.)
    2. Presentations:
      • Introduction to Extended Producer Responsibility Policies and Concepts (5 min.)
        Dimitri Strybos, OVAM-Belgium
      • E-waste EPR policies implemented in Belgium (15 min.)
        Dimitri Strybos, OVAM-Belgium
      • The Colombian experience on EPR policies and schemes (15 min.)
        Carlos A. Hernández S., WEEE Project Coordinator for the Colombia National Cleaner Production Center
    3. Questions and Answers – (20 min.)

    Target group

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

    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:
    20 June 2013, at 12 pm
    (session in English)
    Recording
    27 June 2013, at 4 pm
    (session in Spanish) 
    Recording
     20 August 2013, at 3 pm
    (session in French)
     Recording

    PACE Presentation (Spanish)
    OVAM Presentation (Spanish)

    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 (any minimal data transmission requirements to indicate?). For national teams participating in a Webinar, additional equipment could be required such as a retro-projector or a screen. User instructions will be sent to registered participants 2 weeks prior to the Webinars.

    Additional information

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

     

    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    This webinar is part of a series of activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC, in order to enhance synergies among the scientific and technical bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

    Recording   16 July 2013

    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    Webinar to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC

    Background

    This webinar will provide a comparative overview of the mandates and the review processes conducted by the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) in identifying new candidate chemicals to be listed under the respective conventions. This session will focus on differences and similarities in the modus operandi of the two scientific bodies, from the election of members, the information required as an input to the review processes, the steps and the timing of the review processes and their relation with the respective Conferences of the Parties.

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

    The POPRC is a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C. Article 8 of the Stockholm Convention regulates the review process of new chemicals and Annexes D, E and F specify the information required for the review.

    This webinar is part of a series of activities to enhance effective participation in the work of the CRC and POPRC, in order to enhance synergies among the scientific and technical bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

    In 2011, the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions adopted substantively identical decisions to enhance cooperation and coordination between the conventions (BC-10/29, RC-5/12 and SC-5/27), including cooperation on scientific and technical issues. For the first time, in October 2013, the CRC and POPRC will hold their meetings back-to-back. The meetings will include a one-day joint session, where the members will focus on ways to enhance synergies between the two subsidiary bodies.

    Objectives

    The objectives of the webinar are to enhance the understanding of the differences and the similarities between the mandates and the review processes conducted by the CRC and the POPRC, from the outset of the review processes to the submission of decisions on new candidate chemicals to be listed under the respective conventions. 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. Comparative overview of the CRC and POPRC mandates and review processes

    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 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’)
    • Comparative overview of the CRC and POPRC mandates and review processes (25’)
    • Questions and answers with the CRC and POPRC chairs (25’)

    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:
    16 July 2013, at 4 pm (English)
    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

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    The objectives of this webinar are to inform Parties to the Basel Convention on how to request assistance under the emergency mechanism in case of incident caused by transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and to request the support of the international community in case of incidents

    Recording   30 May 2013, Spanish
    Recording   18 June 2013, English
    Recording   27 June 2013, Russian
    Recording   22 August 2013, French

     

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    Background

    In cases of emergency resulting from incidents arising from transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes and their disposal, developing countries or countries with economies in transition can apply for assistance from the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund of the Basel Convention. With the adoption of decision BC-V/32, the Parties decided to enlarge the scope of the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund to provide assistance in case of such incidents. This emergency mechanism allows the Secretariat, upon request, to use the funds to assist a Party in case of an incident occurring during a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes covered by the Basel Convention in order to:

    1. Estimate the magnitude of damage occurred or damage that may occur and the measures needed to prevent damage;
    2. Take appropriate emergency measures to prevent or mitigate the damage;
    3. Help find those Parties and other entities in a position to give the assistance needed;

    In addition, the Secretariat can assist a Party which is a developing country or a country with economy in transition in developing its capacity-building and transfer of technology, following such incidents, putting in place measures to prevent accidents and damage to the environment caused by the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes and their disposal.

    Objectives

    The objectives of this webinar are to inform Parties to the Basel Convention on how to request assistance under the emergency mechanism in case of incident caused by transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and to request the support of the international community in case of incidents. Also, the webinar will introduce the procedure to be followed by Parties to request funds as well as measures to respond to incidents involving the dumping of hazardous wastes. The webinar will briefly introduce measures that Parties could put in place to prevent accidents and damage to the environment caused by the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes.

     

    Contents

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. The Emergency mechanism of the Basel Convention - Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions - 20 minutes
    3. International Response to Environmental Disasters – UNEP/OCHA Unit- 20 minutes
    4. Questions and Answers - 15 min.

    Target audience

    Basel Convention focal points, Basel competent authorities, Basel regional centres, UNEP regional offices, officially designated national focal points and staff of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit.

    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:
    30 May 2013, at  4 pm (Spanish)
    Register
    18 June 2013, at 4 pm (English)

    Register

    27 June 2013, at 10 am (Russian)  Register
    22 August 2013, at 10 am (French)
     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

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    The objectives of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention on how to request assistance under the emergency mechanism in case of incident caused by transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and to request the support of the international community in case of incidents.

    Recording   28 May 2013, English
    Recording   30 May 2013, Spanish

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    Webinar on How to Trigger the Emergency Mechanism of the Basel Convention

    Background

    In cases of emergency resulting from incidents arising from transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes and their disposal, developing countries or countries with economies in transition can apply for assistance from the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund of the Basel Convention. With the adoption of decision BC-V/32, the Parties decided to enlarge the scope of the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund to provide assistance in case of such incidents. This emergency mechanism allows the Secretariat, upon request, to use the funds to assist a Party in case of an incident occurring during a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes covered by the Basel Convention in order to:

    1. Estimate the magnitude of damage occurred or damage that may occur and the measures needed to prevent damage;
    2. Take appropriate emergency measures to prevent or mitigate the damage;
    3. Help find those Parties and other entities in a position to give the assistance needed;

    In addition, the Secretariat can assist a Party which is a developing country or a country with economy in transition in developing its capacity-building and transfer of technology, following such incidents, putting in place measures to prevent accidents and damage to the environment caused by the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes and their disposal.

    Objectives

    The objectives of this webinar are to inform Parties to the Basel Convention on how to request assistance under the emergency mechanism in case of incident caused by transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and to request the support of the international community in case of incidents. Also, the webinar will introduce the procedure to be followed by Parties to request funds as well as measures to respond to incidents involving the dumping of hazardous wastes. The webinar will briefly introduce measures that Parties could put in place to prevent accidents and damage to the environment caused by the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes.

    Contents

    1. Introduction – 5 min.
    2. The Emergency mechanism of the Basel Convention - Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions - 20 minutes
    3. International Response to Environmental Disasters – UNEP/OCHA Unit- 20 minutes
    4. Questions and Answers - 15 min.

    Target audience

    Basel Convention focal points, Basel competent authorities, Basel regional centres, UNEP regional offices, officially designated national focal points and staff of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit.

    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:
    28 May 2013, at 10 am (English)
    Register
     30 May 2013, at 4 pm (English) 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

    Debriefing on the outcomes of the 2013 conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Webinar

    The objective of the webinar is to provide parties, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the main decisions adopted during the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions that closed their respective meetings on 10 May 2013.

    Recording   6 June 2013, Spanish
    Recording
       11 June 2013, French
    Recording
       12 June 2013, Russian
    Recording
       13 June 2013, English

    FAQ

    Debriefing on the outcomes of the 2013 conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Webinar

    Debriefing on the outcomes of the 2013 conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Webinar

    Background

    For the first time in the history of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties were held back-to-back from 28 April to 10 May 2013, in Geneva at the International Conference Centre. These meetings were held together to strengthen the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels. Also, having convened these meetings back-to-back allowed for a more effective and coherent decision-making on policy, technical and budget matters, including on joint activities among the conventions and other specific matters. This included the identification of new concrete areas where synergies could be achieved.

    Objectives

    The objective of the webinar is to provide parties, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the main decisions adopted during the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions that closed their respective meetings on 10 May 2013. In addition, the webinar will introduce the outcome of the high-level segment that took place on 9 and 10 May 2013, where Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture, Health and/or Foreign Affairs joined to discuss synergies among the chemicals and wastes conventions.

    1. The webinar will cover the following topics:
      1. Decisions adopted by:
      2. ExCOPs-2 to the three conventions
      3. COP-6 to the Stockholm Convention
      4. COP-11 to the Basel Convention
      5. COP-6 to the Rotterdam Convention
    2. Outcome of the high-level segment
    3. Follow up on the decisions adopted

    Contents

    1. This webinar session is scheduled to last for two hours.
    2. Introduction – 5 min.
    3. Presentations by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions:
      • Outcomes of ExCOPs-2 and the simultaneous ordinary sessions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions - 20 min.
      • Outcomes of the Stockholm Convention COP-6 - 20 min.
    4. Questions and Answers - 15 min.
    5. Presentations by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions:
      • Outcomes of Basel Convention COP-11 - 20 min.
      • Outcomes of Rotterdam Convention COP-6 - 20 min.
      • Outcome of the high level segment - 5 min.
    6. Questions and Answers – 15 min.

    Target Groups

    The present webinar will target:

    • Official contact points, focal points, competent authorities, designated national authorities of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions;
    • Basel and Stockholm Regional Centres, UNEP and FAO Regional Offices;
    • Members of the working bodies of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions;
    • Stakeholders interested in the outcome of the meetings;
    • Permanent Missions to the UN.

    Schedule

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

    Date and Time
    (Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hours)
    Please register some days in advance of the webinar sessions
    Tuesday, 4 June at 10 am (English)
    Register
    Thursday, 6 June 4 pm (Spanish)
    Register
    Tuesday, 11 June at 11 am (French)
    Register
    Wednesday, 12 Jun, 10 am (Russian)
    Register
     Thursday, 13 June at 4 pm (English) Register

     

    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.