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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 ...

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 - 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
 
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