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BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will participate in the upcoming UNEA-6 to show case the contributions of the BRS conventions to tackle the triple planetary crisis and to attain the SDGs, while highlighting ongoing cooperation with UNEP.

BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6

BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6
 
POPRC-19 meeting report in languages now available

The final version of the report of the nineteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee is now available in all 6 UN languages.

POPRC-19 meeting report in languages now available

POPRC-19 meeting report in languages now available
 
COP-11 meeting report in languages now available

The final version of the report of the Stockholm Convention COP-11 is now available in all 6 UN languages.

COP-11 meeting report in languages now available

COP-11 meeting report in languages now available
 
Bahrain transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Addressing the initial 12 POPs, Bahrain has transmitted its initial NIP.

Bahrain transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Bahrain transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023

As we look back on 2023, the BRS Secretariat is proud to share with you some of the key highlights that has made this year a special one!

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023
 
Brazil updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Addressing amendments made at COP.7, COP.8 and COP.9, Brazil has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, or NIP.

Brazil updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Brazil updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climates action

The BRS Secretariat engaged in COP28 in various events and shares its takeaways from the meeting on the contribution of the sound management of chemicals and wastes to climate action.

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climates action

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climates action
 
BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28

BRS Secretariat engagement at the upcoming Climate Change COP28 to highlight the benefits of integrating the management of chemicals and waste and, circularity economy approaches, into climate actions.

BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28

BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28
 
Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions

Enhance your chairing skills by taking the free, upgraded training course on Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of BRS Convention Meetings.

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions
 
Expert meeting on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices under the Stockholm Convention

The meetings will take stock of the status of work, discuss and update of the guidelines and guidance on BAT and BEP agreed to at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and to agree on further steps for finalizing the guidelines/guidance to be submitted to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Expert meeting on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices under the Stockholm Convention

Expert meeting on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices under the Stockholm Convention
 
POPRC-19 recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals

Scientists at the 19th Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC-19) meeting agreed that two chemicals - medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, and long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids - should be considered hazardous and controlled under the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-19 recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals

POPRC-19 recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals

Scientists at the 19th Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC-19) meeting agreed that two chemicals should be considered hazardous and controlled under the Stockholm Convention of the United Nations.

In a crucial step in protecting human health and the environment, a Committee of expert scientists gathered at the POPRC-19 meeting in Rome, Italy, to review hazardous chemicals and to decide whether to recommend that they be included in the Stockholm Convention, so countries take measures to eliminate or restrict production and use and manage their wastes.

The family of chemicals known as medium-chain chlorinated paraffins has been recommended to be listed for elimination under the convention. These chemicals are often used in metalworking fluids as lubricants and coolants and can also be used as an additive to make plastic softer. They are also used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products, as well as in paints, sealants, and rubber. However, scientists have concluded they pose a significant risk to human health, due to their ability to last over time in the human body without breaking down, leading to severe health conditions including cancer.

Long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids have been recommended to be listed for elimination under the convention. These chemicals belong to the family of PFAS, known as ‘forever chemicals’. Owing to their water, stain, and grease-resistant properties, they are commonly used in industrial and consumer products such as in the manufacture of semiconductors, printing inks, paints and coatings, paper and food packaging, waterproof textiles, cleaning products, and firefighting foams.

Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Rolph Payet, said:

“The outcome of this meeting continues the dynamic science of the Stockholm Convention in identifying and eliminating persistent organic pollutants.

This week builds on the world-leading scientific research that has been carried out under the Stockholm Convention, to protect the environment, biodiversity, and human health.”

The Committee agreed that these chemicals may still be used in specific circumstances. The recommendations for listing including specific exemptions will be considered at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, which will take place in 2025.

In addition to these decisions, POPRC-19 adopted the risk profile for the highly toxic pesticide ‘chlorpyrifos’, meaning that the chemical will now be considered for recommendation at the next POPRC meeting. Chlorpyrifos is a highly toxic insecticide widely used in agriculture. It poses significant health risks, is particularly dangerous to children and pregnant women, and has adverse effects on the nervous system.

Over the next year, the Committee will assess information on socio-economic considerations and possible control measures for chlorpyrifos as part of its risk management evaluation and will consider a recommendation for listing.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) brings together the three leading multilateral environmental agreements that share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.
http://www.brsmeas.org/

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, adopted in 2001 and entered into force in 2004, is a global treaty requiring its Parties to take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment, to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts on human health or on the environment.
http://chm.pops.int/

The 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) was chaired by Dr Peter Dawson from New Zealand, and was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 9 - 13 October 2023.

During this meeting, POPRC-19 recommended the inclusion of two groups of chemicals in Annex A for elimination: chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14–17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight, commonly referred to as ‘medium-chain chlorinated paraffins’ or MCCPs, and long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts and related compounds.

For information on the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention, contact: Kei Ohno Woodall, BRS Secretariat Senior Coordination Officer, kei.ohno@un.org

For media inquiries, contact: Asana Greenstreet, BRS Secretariat Public Information Officer, asana.greenstreet@un.org

POPRC-19 - Day 2 highlights

Following a busy first day of discussions within the plenary and contact groups, the 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) resumed today at 10:00am.

POPRC-19 - Day 2 highlights

POPRC-19 - Day 2 highlights

Following a busy first day of discussions within the plenary and contact groups, the 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) resumed today at 10:00am.

In the morning plenary session, progress reports were provided by the chairs of the contact groups regarding the discussions on the draft risk management evaluation for long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) and the draft risk profile for chlorpyrifos.

Members and observers considered a draft document on long-range environmental transport. This document aims to capture the Committee’s work, considerations and practices. Long-range environmental transport is a crucial factor when evaluating chemicals proposed for listing under the Stockholm Convention. The draft document will be revised further, incorporating the feedback received. The Committee will consider the revised document later this week.

The Committee continued its work in contact groups throughout the morning. During the lunch break, participants engaged in a side event titled “Chemical Long-Range Environmental Transport and Local Sources: An Arctic Perspective” organized by Norway and Canada. In the afternoon, the Committee continued its discussion in contact groups, focusing on chlorinated paraffins and chlorpyrifos. These matters will be revisited by the whole Committee later in the week.

POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

The 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) officially started today in Rome, at the FAO Headquarters.

POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

The 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) officially started today in Rome, at the FAO Headquarters. Over a hundred participants representing experts in chemicals assessment and management, government observers, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are participating in this meeting.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Rolph Payet (Executive Secretary of the BRS Conventions) highlighted that the scientific work under the Convention has triggered and further catalysed POPs scientific research activities worldwide. He drew to the attention of the meeting that the Conference of the Parties has adopted all of the POPs Review Committee’s recommendations for listing chemicals, noting that this was an impressive track record. He also drew attention to the vital role played by the Committee in informing Parties’ decisions as a great example of how science can support policy makers on informed decisions.

This 5-day (Oct 9th-13th) meeting, to be chaired by Dr Peter Dawson (New Zealand), aims to consider several topics:

Draft Risk Profiles

On the first day, members and observer exchanged views on the persistence, bioaccumulation, and long-range environmental transport of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos. The POPRC will continue to consider the draft risk profile for this chemical in a contact group in the coming days.

Draft risk management evaluation

The POPRC is tasked to consider the draft risk management evaluation for chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight (MCCPs), and draft risk management evaluation for long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs). After presentations made by the chairs of the drafting groups and the initial proponents, the Committee exchanged views and agreed to further continue the work within contact groups.

Long-range environmental transport

The POPRC will consider a draft document on long-range environmental transport, intended to provide guidance when evaluating chemicals proposed for listing under the Stockholm Convention.

POPs in stockpiles, products and articles

As requested at the last meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the POPRC will explore options for identifying POPs in stockpiles, products and articles in use and in wastes, to support Parties. 

Indicative lists of POPs

The POPRC will also work on further updating and refining indicative lists of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds.

On the first day, the meeting also heard about the outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the COP, which took place in May 2023 and had initial exchanges about the Chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14–17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight.

Contact groups discussions continued on LC-PFCAs and Chlorpyrifos into the evening.

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs  Review Committee (POPRC)  of the Stockholm Convention

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered by the nineteenth meetings of the CRC and the POPRC to be held respectively from 3 to 6 October 2023 and 9 to 13 October 2023 in Rome, Italy.

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs  Review Committee (POPRC)  of the Stockholm Convention
 
Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available

The nineteenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention will take place from 9 to 13 October 2023 in Rome, Italy, back-to-back with the nineteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention.

Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available

Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available
 
Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started

Check out the various calls for information and nominations set out in decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention.

Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started

Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started
 
The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available

The recently launched report on the Global governance of plastics and associated chemicals provides the first comprehensive mapping of the existing global governance landscape for plastics and associated chemicals. The mapping includes both binding and voluntary measures adopted at the global level that explicitly refer to plastics and chemicals known to be found in plastics, as well as those measures that may encompass plastics and associated chemicals by inference.

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available
 
Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm

Twenty voices from all over the world share their experience and reflections about the last 20 years of adoption of the Stockholm Convention. The videos are in English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Three video clips have also been developed and are available in the six UN languages.

Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm

Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm
 
Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!

New Factsheets on the Effectiveness Evaluation 2023 Highlights available now! Factsheets summarizing the highlights of the second effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention are now available through this link.

Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!

Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!
 
Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered by the next meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and introduce the schedule of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties and other practical information.

Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
 
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