News Features

 

Building an Effective Future-proof International Chemicals and Waste Regime
Franz Perrez, Swiss Ambassador for the Environment, writes about synergies milestones and future cooperation between the three conventions.  

Building an Effective Future-proof International Chemicals and Waste Regime

Building an Effective Future-proof International Chemicals and Waste Regime

Franz Perrez, Swiss Ambassador for the Environment, writes about synergies milestones and future cooperation between the three conventions.

Read the article.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations Environment Programme.

 

Interactive map displays parties to the conventions
Up-to-date information on the status of ratifications merely a click away.

Interactive map displays parties to the conventions

Interactive map displays parties to the conventions
Up-to-date information on the status of ratifications merely a click away.
Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs
The mobile app is expected to increase transparency and participation in Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention meetings. Available for Android and iPhone/iPads.  

Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs

Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs

The mobile app is expected to increase transparency and participation in Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention meetings. Available for Android and iPhone/iPads.

The Secretariat announced the release of the free mobile phone app Synergies on the opening day of the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (COPs).

Synergies provides a window to information about the meetings of the global chemicals and wastes conventions. It gives quick and easy access to essential information about the 2013 COPs. More than 1,700 participants are expected to attend the two-week long conference.

The app provides Alerts, Schedule, Agenda, News, ExCOPs, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conference documents, and General Information for the COPs. It was designed by Zero to Heroes Media (Vancouver, Canada) working closely with the conventions' Secretariat, based in Geneva.

The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App store for iPhone/iPad users and from Google Play for Android users.

After the 2013 COPs, Synergies will continue to provide similar information at future major meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

 

New cooperation fostered between regional centres in Brazil and Czech Republic
RECETOX and CETESB regional centres sign MOU at the closure of the Regional Fair at 2013 COPs.

New cooperation fostered between regional centres in Brazil and Czech Republic

New cooperation fostered between regional centres in Brazil and Czech Republic

The Memorandum of Understanding laying down cooperation between the RECETOX and CETESB to support the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in Europe and Latin America and Caribbean countries was signed at the closure of the Regional Fair "Synergies through Regional Delivery" in Geneva on Friday, 3 May 2013.

The Regional Fair was organized as a platform to enhance cooperation between regional centres of both Stockholm and Basel Conventions in the margins of the joint meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions held in Geneva 28 April – 10 May 2013.

Director of RECETOX, Prof. Ivan Holoubek and Regional Centre Director Ms. Kateřina Šebková signed the MoU on behalf of RECETOX, the CEO of the CETESB, Mr. Otavio Okano and his vice-president Mr. Nelson Roberto Bugalho signed the document on behalf of the CETESB.

The centres will cooperate in particular on data collection and management for the purpose of the Global Monitoring Plan for the Stockholm Convention and on capacity building, training and educational activities. RECETOX experts have already provided support in capacity building activities in CETESB for the ambient air monitoring in the LAC region in 2012 and March 2013. Additional cooperation and training of CETESB staff in RECETOX is underway for mid 2013.

The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Czech Republic is the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity Building and the Transfer of Technology the Central and Eastern European Region. The Regional Centre is a part of the RECETOX, which is an independent Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment operating within the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. The RECETOX Centre provides long-term support in chemicals management to 23 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and serves as a strategic scientific partner for over 30 countries in Africa and Asia.

CETESB serves as the Regional Centre of Stockholm Convention on POPs for Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Among it regional activities, CETESB has led a project on management of contaminated sites with POPs for GRULAC countries: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezula, and hosted capacity building workshops on new POPs and the updating of National Implementation Plans and reporting requirments for Latin America.

Regional Fair accents "Synergies through regional delivery"
The Regional Fair Roundtable ‘Synergies through regional delivery’ examines barrier and opportunities to enhance delivery of services to parties at regional and national level.  

Regional Fair accents "Synergies through regional delivery"

Regional Fair accents "Synergies through regional delivery"

Conferences' presidents Franz Perrez, Magdalena Balicka and Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez will inaugurate the Regional Fair dedicated to ‘Synergies through regional delivery’ on Wednesday evening, 1 May, kicking off three days of activities of the theme at the 2013 COPs.

The Fair's inaugural ceremony will take place on 1 May at 6:15 p.m. in the CICG exhibition area.

The main aim of the Regional Fair is to enhance the relation between the regional centres, donors and countries served by the centres, highlight the capacity building activities and projects of the regional centres and demonstrate what expertise, capacities the regional centres have which could be mobilized to assist Parties in the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, the Regional Fair Roundtable will be held to explore synergies through regional delivery. Panelists will be invited to discuss any barriers to permitting regional centres to serve parties in implementing all three convention; opportunities for enhancing cooperation between centres and with regional offices of UNEP and FAO; and how to secure long-term financing and support for achieving the 2020 goal of sound management of chemicals and wastes.

The Panelists for the Roundtable are:

  • Ms. Jill Hanna, European Commission;
  • Ms. Fiorella Leon, Peru;
  • Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for the African Region;
  • Dr. Jinhui Li, Executive Director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Stockholm Regional Centre in China;
  • Mr. Ibrahim Sow, Secretariat of the Global Environment Facility.

Ms. Maria Cristina Cardenas, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, will introduce the topic for discussion; and Mr. Michael Jones, Secretariat, will moderate the panel.

The Regional Fair will conclude with an awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on 3 May.

The tentative schedule of side events includes further information on Regional Fair side events.

Download the Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional Centres and FAO, UNEP regional offices brochure.

Download the Regional Fair Programme

Invitation to Press Conference & Media Event
Geneva International Conference Centre, Room 3, Geneva, 27 April 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  

Invitation to Press Conference & Media Event

Invitation to Press Conference & Media Event

Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to hold ‘sustainable synergies’ meetings aimed at solidifying collaboration among the leading global chemicals and waste agreements

Geneva International Conference Centre / Centre International de Conferences Genève, Room 3, Geneva, 27 April 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Swiss Ambassador Franz Perrez and Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention Executive Secretary Jim Willis to brief media on the eve of the conference.

The three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level will, for the first time, convene jointly in an historic back-to-back meeting of the parties in Geneva from 28 April to 10 May 2013. Nearly two thousand participants from more than 160 countries will attend the two-week long meeting.

The three legally autonomous conventions will begin by convening joint meetings of the conferences of the parties to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the conventions, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of their activities on the ground. Each convention will then continue individually to deal with its own specific topics over the two-week period.

The meetings will culminate in a ministerial segment on 9 and 10 May 2013 dedicated to the theme of strengthening synergies between the conventions at national, regional and global level. The ministerial segment will be opened with scheduled remarks by Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii. Over 80 Ministers and Deputy Ministers are scheduled to attend.

Journalists may notify of their intention to attend the 27 April 2013 press conference by emailing elisabeth.maret@bafu.admin.ch.
Media accreditation requirements for the conference may be accessed at http://synergies.pops.int/?tabid=3136.

For more information, visit http://synergies.pops.int, or contact:

Elisabeth Maret, Information Officer, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Tel. +41 (0)31 323 28 69, elisabeth.maret@bafu.admin.ch

Michael S. Jones, Public Information Officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mobile tel. +41 (0) 79 730 44 95, michael.jones@brsmeas.org

 

Third joint meeting of COP Presidents finalizes arrangements for back-to-back COPs
Presidents agreed to rotate chairing of various sessions of the ExCOP meetings, as well as simultaneous sessions of the ordinary meetings of the three COPs.  

Third joint meeting of COP Presidents finalizes arrangements for back-to-back COPs

Third joint meeting of COP Presidents finalizes arrangements for back-to-back COPs

Presidents agreed to rotate chairing of various sessions of the ExCOP meetings, as well as simultaneous sessions of the ordinary meetings of the three COPs.

 

Chemicals and hazardous waste: three conventions convene in Geneva
In continuation of their synergies process, the three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste at international level will convene in Geneva from 28 April to 10 May 2013.  

Chemicals and hazardous waste: three conventions convene in Geneva

Chemicals and hazardous waste: three conventions convene in Geneva

In continuation of their synergies process, the three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste at international level will convene in Geneva from 28 April to 10 May 2013.

 

Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopts standardized e-mail addresses
Staff members of the Secretariat have new standardized e-mail addresses.  

Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopts standardized e-mail addresses

Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions adopts standardized e-mail addresses

As of 15 April 2013, each of our staff members have been assigned a new e-mail address in the standard format firstname.lastname@brsmeas.org. This new format applies to all members of the Secretariat, independently of whether staff are hosted by UNEP or FAO.

In addition to this standardized address, the UNEP staff will continue using e-mail addresses in the format firstname.lastname@unep.org and the FAO staff will continue using e-mail address in the FAO format firstname.lastname@fao.org.

The e-mail addresses in the pic.int and pops.int formats will continue to be functional for six months, to facilitate the transition to the new addresses. Rest assured that messages sent to our former addresses will still be delivered.

Secretariat fills three senior management positions
Selection of branch chiefs to fill the technical assistance, convention operations and scientific support branches has been announced by the Secretariat.  

Secretariat fills three senior management positions

Secretariat fills three senior management positions

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce the selection of Branch Chiefs for three of its four branches.

Abiola Olanipekun has been selected as Chief of the Scientific Support Branch.

Ms. Olanipekun has been heavily involved in the conventions, and has had a leadership role in its meetings for many years. Ms. Olanipekun worked for the Federal Ministry of Environment Nigeria (1987 to 2013) in the Chemicals Management Division of the Department of Pollution Control & Environmental Health and has coordinated the African region for over a decade in major international negotiations, policies and programmes on sound management of chemicals. She holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Environmental Science and Technology respectively from University of Benin, Nigeria and UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands.

Ms. Olanipekun will officially join the Secretariat on 25 April 2013.

Maria Cristina Cárdenas-Fischer has been selected as Chief of the Technical Assistance Branch.

Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer has served as acting chief of the Technical Assistance Branch of the Secretariat since February 2012. She joined the Stockholm Convention Secretariat in October 2001 as a policy advisor, and over the years she has been responsible for managing the areas of work of the Secretariat pertaining to technical assistance (including the regional centres for capacity building and transfer of technology), the financial mechanism under the Convention, the national implementation plans, the reporting obligations and the expert group on BAT and BEP. From October 2009-February 2012 she was the coordinator for the technical assistance programme of the secretariat of the Stockholm Convention.

Prior to joining the Stockholm Convention Secretariat, Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer, worked for the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993 to 2001) as special advisor for environmental issues. Ms. Cárdenas-Fischer is a Colombian national and holds a BA in Philosophy from Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

David Ogden has been selected as Chief of the Conventions Operations Branch.

Mr. Ogden has served as the acting chief of the Convention Operations Branch of the Secretariat since February 2012. He joined the United Nations Environment Programme in March 1997 and served as the coordinator of the Stockholm Convention through its negotiation and following its entry into force. He chaired the coordinators group that was responsible for the organization and conduct of the first simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in February 2010.

Mr. Ogden worked for the United States Environment Protection Agency from 1987 to March 1997 mostly within the Office of International Affairs where he served as the lead analyst for international chemicals management issues. Mr. Ogden holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a certificate to teach social studies at the secondary level. He is an American.

 

COPs delegates invited to sail to Cheneviers waste treatment centre
In cooperation with the authorities of the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss host country is organizing an excursion to the waste treatment centre of Cheneviers on Sunday, 5 May 2013. Participants will travel from La Jonction by boat on the Rhône to the treatment centre. A morning excursion (...

COPs delegates invited to sail to Cheneviers waste treatment centre

COPs delegates invited to sail to Cheneviers waste treatment centre

In cooperation with the authorities of the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss host country is organizing an excursion to the waste treatment centre of Cheneviers on Sunday, 5 May 2013.

Participants will travel from La Jonction by boat on the Rhône to the treatment centre. A morning excursion (10:15 am – 2 pm) is being offered.

Interested registered delegates are invited to complete the excursion registration form. Due to security reasons, the excursion is limited to 200 participants. The first 200 delegates having subscribed will be able to participate. Please note that this excursion is for registered delegates only.

Download the excursion brochure.

Review of the synergies arrangements
Secretariat’s review of the synergies arrangements and UNEP/FAO synergies evaluation reports released.  

Review of the synergies arrangements

Review of the synergies arrangements

Secretariat’s review of the synergies arrangements and UNEP/FAO synergies evaluation reports released.

 

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013
From the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions  

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013

From the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year 2013
2012 was a year of major innovation in international environmental governance, in particular in the area of hazardous chemicals and wastes. The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention secretariats were successfully merged into one secretariat as a result of the Party-led synergies process.  ...

Accomplishments of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions during 2012

2012 was a year of major innovation in international environmental governance, in particular in the area of hazardous chemicals and wastes. The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention secretariats were successfully merged into one secretariat as a result of the Party-led synergies process.

The new matrix management structure of the Secretariat was put into effect as from 18 February 2012 and  is intended to increase cooperation, coordination and efficiency among the three conventions so that cost-effective services to parties are improved.

Significant progress was made under a Basel Convention subsidiary body this year to complete a framework on the environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes for the “country-led initiative”.   

For the first time since the Rotterdam Convention entered into force in 2004, the Convention’s Chemical Review Committee recommended adding a severely hazardous pesticide formulation (containing paraquat dichloride) to the prior informed consent list, continuing to ensure that countries’ right to know and to safely trade chemicals are respected. 

In 2011 the Parties agreed to list endosulfan in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention, with specific exemptions. Endosulfan becomes the 22nd POP to be listed under the Convention.

Parties to all three conventions benefited from increased use of information and communication technology (e-media) to support capacity building and outreach on a global scale.  The ‘webinars’ programme was expanded to all three conventions with twice weekly online seminars, while a new Twitter service (@brsmeas) was launched to increase transparency and information exchange among Parties, stakeholders and the general public.

Overall, the synergies process has strengthened the Secretariat’s ability to support parties in implementing their obligations under the three conventions. The restructuring of the Secretariat and joint implementation of synergies activities in the respective programmes of work have yielded administrative efficiency and cost savings at global, regional and national levels.  Progress on synergies was commended in the Rio +20 outcome, ‘The Future We Want’, for increasing coordination and cooperation among chemicals and waste conventions.  The three conventions will continue to contribute to sustainable development and international environmental governance.

 

UNEP Pays Tribute to Angela Cropper
Angela Cropper, the former Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has passed away following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

UNEP Pays Tribute to Angela Cropper

UNEP Pays Tribute to Angela Cropper
 
Page 12 of 13First   Previous   4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  [12]  13  Next   Last