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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
 
Consultative meeting held in Mexico City from 5 to 6 September 2012 sought advice from governments and other stakeholders The Stockholm Convention has a financial mechanism, which provides new and additional resources to eligible parties to enable them to implement treaty obligations. The Global En...

Update on the UNEP Executive Director’s consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes

Consultative meeting held in Mexico City from 5 to 6 September 2012 sought advice from governments and other stakeholders

The Stockholm Convention has a financial mechanism, which provides new and additional resources to eligible parties to enable them to implement treaty obligations. The Global Environment Facility is entrusted, ad interim, with the operations of this mechanism. But there is, as yet, no integrated approach for the financing of chemicals and waste challenges more broadly. While finding agreements on possible new and additional funding approaches can be exceedingly difficult in difficult economic times, governments have signalled that they wish to make progress in this area. The Secretariat is participating in and contributing to UNEP’s consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes to support governments in finding solutions.

Follow the conventions on Twitter @brsmeas
The new Twitter service of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, BRS Conventions lets you follow the latest developments of the conventions.  

Follow the conventions on Twitter @brsmeas

Follow the conventions on Twitter @brsmeas

The new Twitter service of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, BRS Conventions lets you follow the latest developments of the conventions.

 

Global MEAs for Atmosphere, Hazardous substances and Biodiversity: What are the lessons for Future Synergies?
Jim Willis will present on the conventions’ experience with synergies at a Rio+20 side event, being held at Athletes Park, UNEP Pavilion from 13:00 to 14:45:on 22 June 2012.

Global MEAs for Atmosphere, Hazardous substances and Biodiversity: What are the lessons for Future Synergies?

Global MEAs for Atmosphere, Hazardous substances and Biodiversity: What are the lessons for Future Synergies?

The Rio+20 side event “Global MEAs for Atmosphere, Hazardous substances and Biodiversity: What are the lessons for Future Synergies?” will be held at Athletes Park, UNEP Pavilion from 13:00 to 14:45 on 22 June 2012.

Bakary Kante, UNEP, Director of Division on Environmental Law and Conventions, will introduce the session and moderate a panel discussion on the way forward on synergies. The discussion will explore which good practices can be distilled from experiences, and needs and opportunities for synergies at the international and national implementation levels.

Panellists reports on taking stock of experiences with synergies will be delivered by Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES; Marco Gonzales, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; and Marcos Silva, Chief Knowledge Management, CITES.

In addition to the experiences of the multilateral environment agreements, the panel will examine informational synergies under UNEP’s InforMEA initiative.

Sustainability at the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
In July 2011, a sustainability task force was set up in the secretariat to develop recommendations on improving the secretariat’s environmental and financial sustainability. Find out about the results of the task force and the sustainability performance of the secretariat, by consulting the ta...

Sustainability at the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Sustainability at the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

In July 2011, a sustainability task force was set up in the secretariat to develop recommendations on improving the secretariat’s environmental and financial sustainability. Find out about the results of the task force and the sustainability performance of the secretariat, by consulting the task force’s report.

 

Quarterly management oversight reports increase transparency of secretariat
The secretariat presents new management oversight reports covering synergies between the conventions and their operations.

Quarterly management oversight reports increase transparency of secretariat

Quarterly management oversight reports increase transparency of secretariat

The secretariat presents new management oversight reports covering synergies between the conventions and their operations.

 

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