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The Directors of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centres gather in Geneva from 21-22 June 2024

The Directors of the 23 Regional centres have gathered at the 13th Annual joint meeting to enhance cooperation and coordination between the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm conventions. The meeting provides an opportunity to exchange experiences and enhance synergies in the delivery of technical assistance for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

The Directors of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centres gather in Geneva from 21-22 June 2024

The Directors of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centres gather in Geneva from 21-22 June 2024
 
Tonga transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Addressing amendments from COP.4 to COP.9, Tonga has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, or NIP on 4 June 2024.

Tonga transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Tonga transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Denmark transmits updated National Implementation Plan to reflect amendments made at Stockholm Convention

Addressing amendments made at COP-9, COP-10 and COP-11, Denmark has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, or NIP on 27 May 2024.

Denmark transmits updated National Implementation Plan to reflect amendments made at Stockholm Convention

Denmark transmits updated National Implementation Plan to reflect amendments made at Stockholm Convention
 
Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva on 16 May 2024

The Bureau members will discuss the provisional agenda and preparations of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention in 2025.

Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva on 16 May 2024

Stockholm COP Bureau meets in Geneva on 16 May 2024
 
Czech Republic updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Addressing amendments made at COP-8, COP-9, COP-10 and COP-11, Czech Republic has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, or NIP on 26 April 2024..

Czech Republic updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Czech Republic updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Peru updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Addressing amendments made at COP-4, COP-5, COP-6, COP-7, COP-8, and COP-9, Peru has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, or NIP on 18 April 2024.

Peru updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Peru updates its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Calling all Parties to respond the BRS Secretariat with their technical assistance needs by 31 May 2024

Questionnaires have been sent to Parties, to assess their technical assistance needs, as well as abilities to offer technical assistance.

Calling all Parties to respond the BRS Secretariat with their technical assistance needs by 31 May 2024

Calling all Parties to respond the BRS Secretariat with their technical assistance needs by 31 May 2024
 
Environmental multilateralism celebrated at UNEA-6

The sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) concluded with adopting 15 resolutions advancing collaboration action on the triple planetary crisis.

Environmental multilateralism celebrated at UNEA-6

Environmental multilateralism celebrated at UNEA-6
 
Official communication of 2023 Amendments on Dechlorane Plus, methoxychlor and UV-328

The 2023 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention added three new chemicals - Dechlorane Plus, methoxychlor and UV-328 - to the Annex A to the Convention.

Official communication of 2023 Amendments on Dechlorane Plus, methoxychlor and UV-328

Official communication of 2023 Amendments on Dechlorane Plus, methoxychlor and UV-328
 
Side event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Opportunities for Integrated Actions

Climate change and pollution often have joint sources and exert combined and mutually reinforcing pressures on the environment and human health.

Side event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Opportunities for Integrated Actions

Side event: Decarbonization and Detoxification: Opportunities for Integrated Actions
 
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
 
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
 
The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals 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.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends international measures to eliminate hazardous chemicals 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

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