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Secretariat launches BRS MEAS photo gallery on Flickr
BRS MEAS is the new photo gallery of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions on Flickr, the latest addition to the conventions’ panoply of social media services. The BRS MEAS collection consists of more than 900 photographic images taken by the Secretariat and organized into 12 thema...

Secretariat launches BRS MEAS photo gallery on Flickr

Secretariat launches BRS MEAS photo gallery on Flickr
 
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.

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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.

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