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Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Green Customs Initiative: the BRS Secretariat hosts the 11th meeting of the GCI Partners in Geneva, 14-15 April 2016.

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities
 
Focus on China and the Pacific

Our latest interview is with Professor Dr. Jinhui Li, Executive Director of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre, Beijing China.

Focus on China and the Pacific

Focus on China and the Pacific
 
Report on 1st Meeting of Effectiveness Evaluation Committee now available

The Stockholm Convention Effectiveness Evaluation is well on track to assess global progress on ridding the world of POPs.

Report on 1st Meeting of Effectiveness Evaluation Committee now available

Report on 1st Meeting of Effectiveness Evaluation Committee now available
 
Call for information on brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs)

The Secretariat invites Parties to submit information for the evaluation and review of BDEs pursuant to paragraph 2 of parts IV and V of Annex A to the Stockholm Convention.

Call for information on brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs)

Call for information on brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs)
 
New consultancy opportunities at BRS

Short-term consultants are sought for key Stockholm Convention assignments, deadline for applications 30 March.

New consultancy opportunities at BRS

New consultancy opportunities at BRS
 
Iraq accedes to the Stockholm Convention

The number of Parties to the Convention rises to 180, with Iraq’s accession, which enters into force for this new Party on 6 June 2016.

Iraq accedes to the Stockholm Convention

Iraq accedes to the Stockholm Convention

Iraq has acceded to the Stockholm Convention, depositing its instrument of accession with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 8 March 2016. The Convention will enter into force for Iraq on 6 June 2016, and this action increases the total number of Parties to 180. More information is available from the Status of Ratifications page.

First Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meeting reiterates request for 3rd National Reports

A letter will be sent to NFPs reiterating the COP-7 request for the submission of outstanding third national reports.

First Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meeting reiterates request for 3rd National Reports

First Effectiveness Evaluation Committee meeting reiterates request for 3rd National Reports

The first meeting of the EE Committee (February 16-18) requested its Chair and Vice-chair to send a letter to all national focal points of the Convention to reiterate the COP-7 request for the submission of outstanding third national reports, a key information basis for the successful completion of the Committee’s work.

Reports submitted by April 30th can still be taken into account in the Committee’s review of the effectiveness of the Convention. The Committee had a successful first meeting, reviewing a preliminary assessment document prepared by the secretariat, and noting the critical importance of additional sources of data before drawing conclusions and making recommendations on whether the Convention is achieving its objective.  The Committee also charted a path forward to its next meeting in October 2016 and COP-8. The report will be available on the website shortly.

Follow BRS on Twitter for the latest news

Join the ever-growing number of @brsmeas followers and keep up to date on the chemicals and wastes agenda.

Follow BRS on Twitter for the latest news

Follow BRS on Twitter for the latest news
 
18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

BRS Deputy Executive Secretary, Kerstin Stendahl, outlines lessons learnt from 10 years of working on synergies.

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat
 
Watch the latest BRS science video

New film shows how science underpins decision-making for the 3 BRS conventions.

Watch the latest BRS science video

Watch the latest BRS science video
 
Yemen submits its NIP

Yemen has transmitted its national implementation plan, pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention.

Yemen submits its NIP

Yemen submits its NIP
 
Cambodia submits updated NIP

Addressing amendments from COP4 and COP5, Cambodia has submitted its updated NIP.

Cambodia submits updated NIP

Cambodia submits updated NIP
 
Deadline looming for call for views on compliance

The President of the COP invites Parties to share their views on outstanding issues, by 15 April 2016.

Deadline looming for call for views on compliance

Deadline looming for call for views on compliance
 
Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions

The Executive Board of the UNEP Special Programme holds its first meeting on 2 to 3 February 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions

Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions
 
Seychelles submits its updated NIP

Seychelles has submitted its National Implementation Plan, addressing amendments from COP 4, COP 5, and COP 6.

Seychelles submits its updated NIP

Seychelles submits its updated NIP
 
Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

Final report of SC COP-7

The meeting report of COP-7 is now available in languages.

Final report of SC COP-7

Final report of SC COP-7

 

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

Latest in the series highlights an inspirational artist leading an initiative to kick out waste and protect lives in Panama.

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

 

Gender Heroes 3: Exposure to hazards from e-waste recycling

The 3rd episode of the BRS Gender Heroes series examines the informal e-waste recycling sector in Africa.

Gender Heroes 3: Exposure to hazards from e-waste recycling

Gender Heroes 3: Exposure to hazards from e-waste recycling

 

Outcomes of POPRC11 available now

The recommendation to list in Annex A decabromodiphenyl ether - or c-decaBDE, a highly toxic and persistent flame retardant - was the highlight of the 4-day POPRC meeting which ended at 2100 on 23 October 2015, in FAO Rome.

Outcomes of POPRC11 available now

Outcomes of POPRC11 available now

Taking important practical steps to protect human health and the environment, the Stockholm Convention’s Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee held its 11th meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, 19-23 October 2015.

Persistent Organic Pollutants are amongst the most toxic substances found on earth and pose serious threats to human health and the environment, and can be found in human breast milk, air, water and animals, including those living in polar regions. Specific effects of POPs can include cancer, allergies and hypersensitivity, damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, reproductive disorders, and disruption of the immune system. Some POPs are also considered to be endocrine disrupters, which, by altering the hormonal system, can damage the reproductive and immune systems of exposed individuals as well as their offspring; they can also have developmental and carcinogenic effects.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC), a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), recommended the inclusion of one additional chemical under the Convention in Annex A - decabromodiphenyl ether or c-decaBDE - a highly toxic and persistent flame retardant commonly used in the aeronautical, automobile, and textile industries. The decision to list decaDBE will be taken at the next Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, in 2017.

The Committee also agreed and adopted the risk profile for short-chained chlorinated paraffins, moving them to the next stage of the listing process, which requires the development of a risk management evaluation. SCCP uses include in metalworking, paints, adhesives and sealants, leather fat liquors, plastics and rubber, flame retardants, and textiles and polymeric materials.

The Committee further agreed that pentadecafluorooctanoic acid, PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds, meets the Annex D criteria to be considered a POP, namely persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport and adverse effects. The next step is to prepare a draft risk profile for this widely used chemical. PFOA-related substances are used in fire-fighting foams, wetting agents and cleaners, textiles and leather, paper and cardboard (e.g. food packaging), paints and lacquers and others.

Further decisions were adopted concerning new information on unintentional releases of Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD); accepting the Guidance on alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts (PFOS), perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride and related chemicals; on ensuring effective participation in the work of the Committee; and on approving the Committee’s workplan for the next intersessional period until POPRC12. On dicofol the Committee agreed to form an intersessional working group to revise the draft risk profile for submission and adoption at the next POPRC meeting in 2016.

Demonstrating very clearly the integrated and cross-cutting nature of chemicals in peoples’ everyday lives, the meetings brought together government-appointed chemical experts from all regions as well as specialised NGOs and the private sector. Deliberations included not only the toxicology of POPs but also consideration of alternatives, risk management, and socio-economic aspects.

“In moving forwards towards eventual listing of these chemicals, the Committee has recommended actions that will protect human lives and the environment against some of the world’s most dangerous toxic chemicals,” said Professor Estefania Gastaldello Moreira, from the University of Londrina (Brazil), Chairperson of the POPs Review Committee. “We believe that only through sound management of chemicals and wastes can the globally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, be achieved, which are crucial for society to overcome the twin challenges of poverty eradication and climate change”.

The meeting of the POPs Review Committee will be followed back-to-back by the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee 11th meeting, 26-28 October 2015, at the same venue.

Note for Editors:

The Stockholm Convention on POPs regulates chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic, and evaporate and travel long distances through the air and through water, to protect human health and the environment globally. Article 8 of the Convention entails the reviewing process of new chemicals and Annex D, Annex E and Annex F specify the information and criteria required for the review.

The POPs Review Committee consists of thirty-one scientific experts appointed by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention charged with undertaking scientific review of chemicals proposed for listing.

The flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) is an additive flame retardant that has a variety of applications including in plastics, textiles, adhesives, sealants, coatings and inks. c-decaBDE containing plastics are used in electrical and electronic equipment, wires and cables, pipes and carpets. In textiles, c-decaBDE is mainly used in upholstery, window blinds, curtains and mattresses for public and domestic buildings, and in the transportation sector.

For more information, please contact:

For POPRC/Stockholm Convention: www.pops.int

Kei OHNO WOODALL, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP), Geneva: +41-79-2333218, +41-22-917-78201, kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org

Charlie AVIS, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP), Geneva: +41-79-730-4495, charles.avis@brsmeas.org

For CRC/Rotterdam Convention: www.pic.int

Christine FUELL, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO), Rome: + 39-06-5705-3765, christine.fuell@fao.org


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